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Kirk Dougherty, tenor

With a sound combining beauty, clarity, and strength, Kirk Dougherty is one of the most exciting voices in opera today. His expressivity and commitment to both musical and dramatic interpretation has earned him continuous appearances as a leading tenor since he began a serious foray into the repertoire just seven years ago

f his recent performances in Tosca, the San Jose Mercury News exclaimed, “Kirk Dougherty shined…The unique timbre and expression of his handsome voice, coupled with refined, satisfying phrasing, provided noteworthy, heartfelt performances of ‘Recondita armonia’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle,’ two of the treasured arias of the repertoire.  

This season, Kirk Dougherty makes his Piedmont Opera debut as Nikolaus Sprink in their production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s, Silent Night. He also debuts at Opera Las Vegas as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. He returns to Wichita Grand Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as tenor soloist in their performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater.  He will also sing the role of Tamino in a concert version of Die Zauberflöte at Glacier Symphony.

Last season, Mr. Dougherty returned to Opera San Jose, performing the roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La bohème, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Sprink in the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, Silent Night. He will also be performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and the role of Rodolfo in La bohème with Wichita Grand Opera.

Mr. Dougherty’s performances of Cavaradossi in Tosca marked his debut of the role, sung as part of the 2015-16 season at Opera San Jose, where he also performed the roles of Don José in Carmen and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Other appearances that season included a return to Anchorage Opera as Don José in Carmen and the Verdi Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society.

Dougherty’s first performance at Opera San Jose was part of their 2014-15 season, where he was seen as the Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Philip in the world premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread by Mark Weiser. Mid-season, he performed the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Anchorage Opera, where he previously sang the roles of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Joseph Treate in the world premiere of Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President.

Previous seasons include his company debuts with Sarasota Opera in the role of Manrico in Il Trovatore, the American Symphony Orchestra portraying Aaron in Bruch's oratorio Moses at Carnegie Hall, the Glacier Symphony performing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Salt Marsh Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and the title role in Faust for Opera Louisiane. Additional roles performed include Hoffman in The Tales of Hoffman, Alfredo in La traviata, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at Tri-Cities Opera.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, he has also participated in numerous young artist programs, such as Central City Opera and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, among others.