With a sound combining clarity, strength, and integrity, Kirk Dougherty is one of the most exciting voices entering the opera circuit 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 six years ago. Of his recent performance in Tosca, the San José 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, Mr. Dougherty will perform the role of Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Opera Las Vegas, the tenor solo in Haydn’s Creation with Glacier Symphony, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and the tenor solo in Stabat Mater with Wichita Grand Opera, and Nikolaus Sprink in Silent Night with Piedmont Opera.
Last season, he returned to Opera San José for his final season as a Resident Artist, where he performed the roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La bohème, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Sprink in Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night. He also performed Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and the role of Rodolfo in La bohème with Wichita Grand Opera.
Dougherty’s first performance at Opera San José 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 première 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 première of Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President.
Mr. Dougherty’s performance of Cavaradossi in Tosca marked his début of the role, sung as part of his 2015-16 season at Opera San José, where he also performed the roles of Don José in Carmen and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Other recent appearances included a return to Anchorage Opera as Don José in Carmen and Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society.
Previous seasons include his company débuts 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 Les contes d’Hoffmann, Alfredo in La traviata, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, among others.