Born near Cambridge, James Quilligan is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed throughout Europe including the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, and Bridgewater Hall and also at chamber venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St George’s, Hanover sq, and St Martin in the Fields.
Recent roles have included several Charpentier roles as part of the London Handel Festival and Count Almaviva and Antonio in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Last season he was part of Opera Holland Park's production of Aida.
|Jerome Knox sporting a baritone claw (right)|
He has performed all three baritone roles in Don Giovanni, as well as Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, Somnus in Handel's Semele, the Badger and Harasta in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, as well as creagint the role of WH Auden in Journeying Boys at the Royal College of Music. He recently made his solo debut in the Royal Albert Hall performing Cole Porter and was a soloist at the Edinburgh Jazz festival and London Song festival 2015.
He has performed numerous solo oratorio works, including Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Handel’s Messiah. In 2011, he made his National Theatre debut as Peter in Jonathan Miller’s production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. His operatic roles to date have included Morales,Carmen, and the Count, Le Nozze di Figaro.
From 2013 to 2014 Robert was a member of Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s training program and and will rejoin them as part of collaborative project with Streetwise Opera.
Kennedy began his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire and continued his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Par
Recent performance highlights include a tour of Greece performing Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of operatic excerpts, and singing the bass soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has performed the Forester in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Noye in Britten's Noye’s Fludde, the Indian in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, and Kouravar in Delibes' Lakme.
Kennedy will next be seen in a project called “The Close to Home Show” with Contemporary music ensemble “Thumb”.
He made his operatic debut with Hampstead Garden Opera last year as the Vicar Mr Gedge in the crit Britten's Albert Herring. He also performed the role of Germano in Rossini’s one-act comic opera La Scala di Seta with Opera Holloway. In 2013, he travelled to Liguria in Northern Italy, to sing scenes from La Nozze di Figaro, La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, Lakmé and La Jolie Fille de Perth.
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