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Jonathan Peter Kenny

  • Countertenor


Jonathan Peter Kenny: Described by Rodney Milnes in The Times as ‘one of the most intensely musical of today’s countertenors’ and by Michael John White in The Independent on Sunday as having ‘one of the most purely beautiful countertenor voices around’, Jonathan Peter Kenny was born in Liverpool, read music at Exeter University and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with James Bowman. He now studies with Brian Gordon.

Jonathan Peter Kenny is best known for his Handel interpretations, which have included the title–role in Amadgigi for OTC, Dublin (also at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Buxton, Covent Garden and Melbourne International Festivals and the Opéra Comique), Valentiniano Ezio at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival, Guido Flavio for OTC, Dublin (also at the Covent Garden Festival and in Antwerp), Nireno Giulio Cesare for the Royal Opera, London, Medoro Orlando at the Beaune and City of London Festivals, Bertarido Rodelinda for OTC, Dublin, David Saul at the Covent Garden Festival and La Chaise–Dieu and Andronico Tamerlano for OTC, Dublin (a production that also toured to the Covent Garden Festival, Expo 98 in Lisbon, the Glimmerglass Festival and the Melbourne International Festival).