Praised by The Guardian for his “appealing baritone,” and awarded an Audition Oracle Singers’ Preparation Scholarship, Felix Kemp’s current engagements include Novice’s Friend Billy Budd (Cover) for the Royal Opera, London, Giove La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera, Malatesta Don Pasquale (Cover) for Welsh National Opera, Felix in Tom Coult’s Devil in The Belfry with the Britten Sinfonia as part of Jerwood Opera at Snape Maltings,The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion for New Sussex Opera (to be recorded for Somm Recordings), the title role in Eugene Onegin for Opera UpClose and Marchese d’Obigny La traviata for Opera Holland Park Young Artists.
Concert highlights include the St John Passion in St Albans Abbey, the St Matthew Passion with the New London Orchestra in Southwark Cathedral, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Orion Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, London, Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem with the Southern Sinfonia, the Nelson Mass in Lichfield Cathedral, Messiah for The Merry Opera Company, Elijah in Arundel and Lincoln Cathedrals, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem in Truro Cathedral, A Bernstein Celebration for the London Song Festival and recitals for Oxford Lieder. With Odaline de la Martinez and Lontano, he recorded Pierrot in Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante for Retrospect Opera and during the 2018 / 2019 season sings The Chief in Imoinda – A Story of Love and Slavery.
With Odaline de la Marinez and Lontano, he will record Pierrot in Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante for Retrospect Opera.
In opera, Felix Kemp has sung Le Brigadier in Hérold’s Le Pré aux Clercs at the Wexford Festival, Noah / George Putnam in Russell Hepplewhite’s Silver Electra and Gaoler Tosca for English Touring Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera and Melot Tristan und Isolde for Grange Park Opera.
His concert engagements have included J. S. Bach B Minor Mass and St John Passion in Coventry Cathedral, Christmas Oratorio for the Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers, Magnificat and the St Matthew Passion with Hull Bach Choir, Dvorak Stabat Mater for Horsforth Choral Society, Puccini Messa di Gloria for Penshurst Choral Society, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle for the University of Plymouth Choral Society and John Rutter The Reluctant Dragon for a John Lewis Partnership Concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
International engagements have included J. S. Bach Pilate St John Passion with Musikk i Sandefjord, Oslo, Brahms German Requiem in Paris with Ensemble Zene and Handel Judas Maccabaeus with Ensemble Sagittarius in Bordeaux. His broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.
Following private studies in London, Felix Kemp continued his postgraduate studies at Trinity Laban, generously supported by the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship. His awards include First Prize at the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition, Second Prize at the London Song Festival’s British Art Song Competition and the Audience Prize at the John Kerr Award for English Song. He is grateful to Christopher Ball, Jeffrey Benton and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation for their generous support.
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Masetto: Don Giovanni / British Youth Opera
“Felix Kemp was a strong and characterful Masetto…”
“Felix Kemp, Masetto…stood out.”
“Felix Kemp, an unusually classy Masetto, phrased with elegance.”
The Herald: The Travelling Companion / New Sussex Opera
“Felix Kemp as The Herald exhibited a youthfully flexible baritone.”
“Felix Kemp brings a ceremonial authority to the role of the Herald.”
“Felix Kemp’s lyric baritone made an excellent impression in the Herald’s smiling, bureaucratic urbanities.”
“Felix Kemp was appropriately stentorian and clear as the Herald.”
“Felix Kemp made a noble Herald.”
Eugene Onegin / OperaUpClose
“Onegin is well sung by Felix Kemp…Kemp’s appealing baritone.”
“Felix Kemp’s Onegin was suitably self-controlled, so that his later disintegration came as a shock. His cynical arousal of Tatyana was elegantly sung…”
"Surrounded by a cast of superb, rich vocalists (Felix Kemp as Onegin and Anthony Flaum as Lensky create a fantastic duo, playing off each other physically as well as with completely complementary vocals) the story of Tanya growing to independence is well rendered."
The Reviews Hub
“Felix Kemp, a pleasing young baritone…”
“There’s no faulting the intensity of the performances, particularly from Felix Kemp as a suave Onegin.”
“Felix Kemp's light baritone allowed him the freedom to express floods of natural emotion during Onegin's descent from disdain to desperation."
Marchese d’Obigny: La traviata / Opera Holland Park Young Artists
“There were clearly-defined, strongly-voiced cameos from (ia) Felix Kemp (d’Obigny)…”
Melot: Tristan und Isolde / Grange Park Opera
“Felix Kemp did as much as he could with what Wagner gives him as Melot.”
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