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Corey McKern

Baritone

Award-winning baritone Corey McKern continuously earns critical acclaim and accolades in every appearance he makes. “Corey McKern… has all the goods to rise to star stature – timing, stamina, vocal heft and an easy-going stage presence – especially telling in Figaro’s signature aria, ‘Largo al factotum della citta.’” Engagements this season include the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Hong Kong, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with Pensacola Opera, Olin Blitch in Susannah with Louisiana Opera, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids. He will also perform the baritone solo in Mozart in the Jungle, a concert with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and a solo in a Holiday Pops Concert with Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Mar
2017

Mar-17
to
Mar-19
Dead Man Walking
Owen Hart
Pensacola Opera
Pensacola, FL
May
2017

May-12
to
May-13
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Figaro
Opera Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI
Jun
2017

Jun-09
to
Jun-11
Susannah
Olin Blitch
Louisiana Opera
Monroe, LA
Oct
2017

Oct-20
to
Oct-22
The Merry Widow
Danilo
Florentine Opera
Milwaukee, WI
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…focused, rich, baritone…
Carmina Burana“McKern used a focused, rich, baritone and a fascinating interpretation to create a decisive, engaging character as he sang.” Journal Sentinel
…nicely rendered…
Pagliacci“As Silvio, McKern was entirely in character as Nedda’s suitor. His Act 1 duet with Los was nicely rendered, the couple’s plans to run away together convincingly expressed.” AL.com
…displays a range of emotion…
 Le nozze di Figaro – “McKern, baritone, displays a range of emotion in his Act II recitative and aria that first has him joyful at the prospect of meeting Susanna later in the garden, then has him livid that he thinks she has tricked him.” Syracuse.com
…one of the best I’ve ever heard…
La bohème“The excellent cast sang well and looked their parts…Corey McKern’s resolute, robust-voiced and rambunctious Marcello, a perfect picture of a wannabe Parisian painter, was one of the best I’ve ever heard.”Santa Fe New Mexican
…has the goods to rise to star stature…
Il barbiere di Siviglia“Equally ego-drivenwas the barber, Figaro, in this characterization by baritone Corey McKern. ThePelham native has all the goods to rise to star stature – timing, stamina,vocal heft and an easy-going stage presence – especially telling in Figaro’s signature aria, “Largo al factotum della citta.”Birmingham News
Award-winning baritone Corey McKern continuously earns critical acclaim and accolades in every appearance he makes. “Corey McKern… has all the goods to rise to star stature – timing, stamina, vocal heft and an easy-going stage presence – especially telling in Figaro’s signature aria, ‘Largo al factotum della citta.’” Engagements this season include the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Hong Kong, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with Pensacola Opera, Olin Blitch in Susannah with Louisiana Opera, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids. He will also perform the baritone solo in Mozart in the Jungle, a concert with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and a solo in a Holiday Pops Concert with Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Of his performance in La bohème, the Santa Fe New Mexican said, “Corey McKern’s resolute, robust-voiced and rambunctious Marcello, a perfect picture of a wannabe Parisian painter, was one of the best I’ve ever heard.” Mr. McKern is gaining attention at leading opera houses for his charming and dynamic portrayals of his signature roles: Marcello in La bohème in his Asian début at Opera Hong Kong, Santa Fe Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Nashville Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Nashville Opera and Opera Birmingham; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Nashville Opera, Opera Cleveland, Opera Columbus, Michigan Opera Theatre, Tulsa Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Syracuse Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Tulsa Opera; as Silvio in Pagliacci with Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Central City Opera.

Additional favorite engagements include a role début as Dandini in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Saratoga; Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Danilo in The Merry Widow with Pensacola Opera; King Henry II in Becket with Long Island Masterworks; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Syracuse Opera and Florida Grand Opera; the Count/Rudolf in Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang in his début with Bard SummerScape Opera; Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Nashville Opera and Florentine Opera; Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos and Macheath in The Threepenny Opera at Indianapolis Opera; Valentin in Faust with Opera Carolina; Pish-Tush in The Mikado with Arizona Opera; and Pilot in Rachel Porter’s operatic adaptation of The Little Prince at Tulsa Opera.

His consistency and professionalism have made him a favorite at several companies including: Santa Fe Opera (Masetto in Don Giovanni, Pallante in Agrippina, Peggy Bond Church’s adaptation of the children’s story Shoes for the Santo Niño, the 1st Shepherd in Strauss’ Daphne, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and as a cover for the title role in Wozzeck), Opera Birmingham (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen, Ping in Turandot, and Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet), and Opera Omaha (John Brooke in Little Women, Ping in Turandot, and Slook in Rossini’s farcical comedy La cambiale di matrimonio).

An active concert performer, Mr. McKern made his début with the St. Louis Symphony performing Wozzeck and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which he also performed with Seattle Symphony and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra; made his Carnegie Hall début in the Fauré Requiem; and returned to the prestigious concert hall for John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Mozart’s Requiem. Other recent concert engagements include Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Missoula Symphony; Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and a concert of operetta highlights with the Indianapolis Symphony; and performances with the New Choral Society in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Brahms’ Requiem, and Händel’s Messiah, which he also performed with Phoenix Symphony; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the San Juan Symphony in Colorado, New Choral Society, the Phoenix Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and in his début with Seattle Symphony; and a concert of arias and duets with San Juan Symphony.

Mr. McKern is a grant recipient from the Sullivan Foundation, as well as the first place winner of Opera Birmingham, Shreveport Opera, and Mobile Opera competitions. He holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Mississippi State University. He is also a graduate of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program.

 

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