British tenor Stefan Kennedy recently completed his studies at the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently based in the Netherlands, where he continues to study regularly with Margreet Honig.
With Johannes Leertouwer and the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht (NPU), Stefan appeared as Evangelist and Soloist in a new reconstruction of Bach's St Matthew Passion, appearing on NPO Radio 4 in March 2021. He will return as Evangelist for the NPU tour of the St Matthew Passion in 2022. He will also be soloist in the NPU tour of Handel's Messiah in December 2021. Stefan has also worked regularly with Cappella Amsterdam and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. In December 2021, Stefan will be making his solo debut at Amsterdam's Het Concertgebouw in Bach's Magnificat under Daniel Reuss. He will also appear as soloist in Het Concertgebouw in Handel's Messiah in 2022 with the Nederlandse Handelvereniging.
Operatic roles to date include Ferrando Così fan tutte, Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and El Remandado Carmen for the Dutch National Opera Academy. Stefan made his Dutch National Opera debut with the Opera Forward Festival in the role of Triplet in Clemency and his Opera Zuid debut as Analyst in A Quiet Place. He performed the role of Acis in Handel's Acis & Galatae under the direction of Michael Chance.
Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music, Stefan was a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and the recipient of the 2017 Grabowsky Connell Prize and the 2016 Sir Thomas Armstrong Prize. Stefan is a keen recitalist and was selected for the Grote Zangers Programme in Amsterdam, resulting in a recital at Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Stefan previously read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he held a choral scholarship.
Other concert highlights include Bach’s St John Passion at New College, Oxford; Monteverdi's Vespers at Ely Cathedral; Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Southwark Cathedral; Handel’s Messiah and Mozart's Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London; Haydn’s The Creation in Rouen Cathedral.