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Andrew Kennedy

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Reviews

Andrew Kennedy press reviews

BBC Proms - STRAVINSKY: Threni

the soloists...were outstanding
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5th August 2010

R. Strauss, Capriccio - Grange Park Opera

Andrew Kennedy...shine[s] as composer
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 6th June 2010

An outstanding, largely British cast, led by...Andrew Kennedy as...Composer,
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 13th June 2010

Andrew Kennedy...as Flamand...composer...vying for the love of the Countess, are equally superb
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 7th June 2010

But there are perfect assumptions of the composer Flamand...from Andrew Kennedy
George Hall, The Stage, 7th June 2010

Andrew Kennedy is well cast as music’s champion Flamand
Geoff Brown, The Times, 8th June 2010

Britten, The Turn of the Screw - Houston Grand Opera

...and a fine cast topped by the exemplary lead performances of Amanda Roocroft as the bedeviled Governess and Andrew Kennedy as the insidious spectre Peter Quint. You will certainly feel you have experienced this work precisely as its creators intended it to be experienced...Tenor Andrew Kennedy is Roocroft's match as Quint — genuinely haunting in the sweet yet eerie allure of his singing, the impudent authority of his insinuating presence. His scene luring Miles by repeatedly singing/calling his name is spellbinding.
Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle, 31st January 2010

Andrew Kennedy, who made a superb impression as Captain Vere in HGO's 2008 Billy Budd, also sings extremely well here...There were moments that were hair-raising, such as Act II, Scene 5 ('Quint'), where his control of Miles is at its most explicit. Here, Kennedy achieved a wonderful range of color and articulation, making the sudden changes between lyricism and patter aptly unnerving...
Marcus Karl Marony, www.concertnet.com, 29th January 2010

British tenor Andrew Kennedy proved an incisive Narrator in the opera’s prologue, emphasizing the psychological mischief that can result when children are raised without emotional support from those who are supposed to be their guardians...The opera also contains three of the most vivid operatic characters that Britten ever devised – the Governess, Peter Quint and Miles.  In Houston, Roocroft, Kennedy and Meo performed these roles brilliantly...
www.operawarhorses.com, 31st January 2010

Andrew Kennedy sometimes overdoes the vocal light and shadow. But the contrasts between oily croon and grainy declamation can be very effective.
Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 30th January 2010

 

'A singer of wide, lustrous tone and striking dramatic prowess'
The Times

Stravinsky Oedipus Rex - Philharmonia Orchestra / cond. Esa-Pekka Salonen

Andrew Kennedy's Shepherd also stood out
Bayan Northcott, The Independent, September 2008

Finzi Imitations of Mortality - BBC Proms / BBC Concert Orchestra / cond. Paul Daniel

The tenor Andrew Kennedy led the BBC Chorus in Gerald Finzi's wonderful setting of Wordsworth's ode, Intimations of Immortality, where past memory and present consciousness meld in music of such rapture that, had the poet been a composer, this is how he would have sounded. Kennedy's rapt tenor attended the words like they were the first and last he would utter.
Edward Seckerson, The Independent, July 2008

…then came Gerald Finzi's immense setting of Wordsworth, Intimations Of Immortality, with Andrew Kennedy (no relation to Nigel) proving the epitome of the English tenor, light and flexible with just a hint of acid in the voice.
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, July 2008

The Dark Pastoral: Songs and Poetry from World War One - Julius Drake (piano); Simon Russell Beale (Altara)

A great deal of thought has gone into this recital reflecting on the First World War and its legacy in British song and poetry. Fine musicianship too, with Julius Drake’s accompaniments matching Kennedy’s tenor in subtlety... Highlights are the Ivor Gurney songs and an impressive cluster from the promising William Denis Browne, killed in action in 1915.
Geoff Brown, The Times, June 2008