Kevin Courtemanche is delighted to join the Tundi Productions repertory company to cover the roles of Melot, and the Shepherd and make his stage début as the Young Seaman of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Kevin made his Tundi and Vermont concert début as Siegmund in excerpts from Wagner’s Die Walküre, in 2018. The Bennington, Vermont born, New York and Boston based tenor relishes relating his personal operatic journey. It began while watching the first Three Tenors Concert, before the final of the 1990 World Cup in Rome. That concert immediately inspired him to forsake the law for opera.
Kevin first studied with Maestro Will Crutchfield, who encouraged him to get a full musical education. He attended Peabody Conservatory to learn, to study with Dr. Stanley Cornett, to gain stage experience, and to play a number of comprimario roles.
Mr. Courtemanche went to the University of Southern California for graduate study with Mr. Gary Glaze. There he played Judge Danforth and Giles Corey in The Crucible, The 1st Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and the Witch (!) in Hansel Gretel.
Kevin recently performed as John Twist, Sr. in the North American Premiere of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain at New York City Opera. At San Francisco Opera he created the role of the Brigadier General in the World Premiere of Philip Glass' Appomattox.
Also as a professional, Mr. Courtemanche has portrayed Verdi’s Otello, Don Carlo (4 and 5 Act Italian versions), and Ernani, Wagner’s Siegfried, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Gounod’s Faust, Offenbach’s Hoffmann, Massenet’s Werther (cover), Yoav Gaal’s The Dwarf, King Carlo VII in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Radamès in Aïda (which he also covered at Sarasota Opera in 2016), Canio in Pagliacci and Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana (sometimes in the same performance!), Enzo in La gioconda, the Duke of Mantua, Borsa and Marullo in Rigoletto, Don José in Carmen, Calaf in Turandot, Luigi in Il tabarro, Pinkerton, Goro and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, Ruggero in La rondine, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Aegisthus in Elektra, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Alfredo in La traviata, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Macduff in Macbeth, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Arrigo’s Squire in La battaglia di Legnano, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Tony in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, roles in two Michael Raphael operas: Joseph in Nat Turner and J. Edgar Hoover in Marcus Garvey, the Chairman of the House Unamerican Activities Committee in Adolphus Hailstork’s Robeson, Aubrey in Ulysses Kay’s Frederick Douglass, two operas by Theodore Christman: Ernest in Adriana McMannes and Buzzman in A Metamorphosis, both Frick/Major Edouard and Joseph in La vie parisienne, Max Blanck in Lehrman’s The Triangle Fire, The Mother (!) in Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, the Witch (!) in Hansel and Gretel (the two foregoing productions being adventures in travesty) and Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld, among other roles.
In the concert hall Kevin has appeared as the tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Handel's Messiah.
Kevin has performed as a principal artist with, among others, the New York City Opera, New York Grand Opera, the National Chorale, Vertical Player Repertory, New Rochelle Opera, Hudson Opera Theatre, Long Island Opera, North Shore Music Festival, Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Opera Studio, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, New York Opera Forum, Vocal Productions NYC, Utopia Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Christman Opera Company, Capitol Heights Lyric Opera, La forza dell’opera, Amore Opera and Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, and sung before the Metropolitan Opera Guild and at HBO Studios (all in New York), the San Francisco Opera, Berkeley (now West Edge) Opera, Mission City Opera, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Parlor Opera, Bakersfield Symphony, Cinnabar Theatre, Masterworks Chorale (San Mateo), Independent Opera (Los Angeles), New Valley Symphony (Los Angeles), Long Beach Opera, Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra (all in California), Lowell House Opera (Massachusetts), Tundi Productions (Vermont), Trilogy: An Opera Company, Boardwalk Opera, Mid-Atlantic Opera, Opera at Florham (all in New Jersey), Atlantic Coast Opera Festival (Pennsylvania), Arizona State University, Hradec Králové Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Sarasota Opera and St. Petersburg Opera (both in Florida), Bel Cantanti Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera (both in Maryland), Riverbend Opera, New Dominion Chorale, Gold Rush Opera (all in Virginia), Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra (North Dakota), Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Caffè Taci in New York, NY and Caffè Venezia in Berkeley, CA (that's right, Kevin's voice is available for weddings, parties, New Year's Eve and other festive occasions). His (disembodied) voice even appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful (opera as soap opera).
Kevin has branched out as an opera stage director, having helmed Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (two productions), Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Joseph Beer’s Die Polnische Hochzeit, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s 4-Act version of Don Carlo and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Note from Kevin: Tundi Productions promotes for me the perfect alignment of all my star-filled desires as a professional singing actor. I was born in Bennington, Vermont and I have always wished to return to my native state to perform. As a director and singer, I enjoy immensely the opportunity to gain membership in another repertory company, working continually with a group of people whom I admire in a collegial, visionary environment. Lately, my career has expanded to embrace the repertoire of Richard Wagner, having sung extensive excerpts from Die Meistersinger, Die Walkuere and Siegfried. I have also sung in the chorus for several Wagner Operas, at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. In short my participation in Tundi Productions concocts the perfect combination: return to my roots, singing music I love, within a generous ensemble, to create art.