Clayton Kennedy, baritone
Montreal baritone Clayton Kennedy has been a featured concert and oratorio soloist with many Canadian ensembles and in a great diversity of styles. He is drawn particularly to early music, baroque oratorio, concert music, as well as premiering contemporary works. He made his debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as baritone soloist in Faure's Requiem in May 2013. In the fall of 2014 he took part in a concert of sea shanties at Bourgie Hall with Montreal ensemble La Nef, reuniting with musicians with whom he recorded material for the Ubisoft video games Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed: Rogue. He has also recently performed as a soloist in Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem, with the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Monteverdi's Vespers with Musica Orbium, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with McGill Choral Society, as well as J.S. Bach's Magnificat with Le Choeur de l'UQAM and Ensemble Caprice.
This spring he had his Canadian and European radio debuts singing Bach Funeral Cantatas with Ensemble Caprice in Bourgie Hall, part of the Arte Musica Foundation complete cantata series.
Other recent performances include a return to Halifax in May to stage John Plant's opera "I will fly like a bird: a tribute to Robert Dziekanski", having premiered the title role in Scotia Festival of Music 2012, with praise from both The Chronicle Herald and Opera Canada Magazine. He was also bass soloist in Requiems by Mozart and Salieri with Ensemble Vocal Katimavik in June.
This November, Clayton will be bass soloist in works by C.P.E. Bach and G.F. Handel in a co-production with SMAM and Ensemble Caprice in La Maison Symphonique. In December, he will be bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Stewart Hall Singers, and bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with SMAM (Studio de Musique Ancienne Montreal.)
He has also been a soloist and member of the pro core of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul since 2009.
Photos: M. Ritter