Kirk Dougherty performed most recently with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, and Bronx Opera. He also performed with Central City Opera, the Missouri Civic Orchestra, Greenwich Choral Society, Downtown Singers, Mercury Opera Rochester, Rochester Bach Festival, Eastman Opera Theatre, Delaware Valley Opera, and The Publick Musick among others.
Recent performances in 2010-2011 include Hoffmann (Les Contes D’Hoffmann), Ferrando(Cosi fan tutte), and Alfredo (La Traviata) with Tri-Cities Opera. He returned to sing the title role of Auber’s Fra Diavolo at Bronx Opera in January. This summer at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, he was the Boyar-in-Attendance in Boris Godunov and covered Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. During 2009-2010, Mr. Dougherty sang with Tri-Cities Opera asRinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and as Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore). At Bronx Opera, he sang Don Gomez in Mahler/Weber’s Die drei Pintos. He also appeared with the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as Tito (La Clemenza di Tito), Rodolfo (La Bohème), and Riccardo Percy (Anna Bolena).
Professional training includes resident artist programs, summer programs, and festivals. This past year, Mr. Dougherty was a Festival Artist at the Utah Festival Opera and a Resident Artist at Tri-Cities Opera. He was the recipient of both TCO’s 2009 Carlotta Savoca Memorial Award and TCO’s 2010 Tri-Cities Opera Award. Previously, he was an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera and also performed mainstage roles at Oberlin in Italy summer festival in Urbania, Italy. During his graduate study, he sang numerous roles with Eastman Opera Theatre as well as both evangelist roles in Bach’s St. Matthew- and St. John Passion withthe Eastman Chorale. He was also a singer at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.
Concert repertoire includes Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passions, Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings,Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and the Verdi Requiem among many other concert works. He recently performed the evangelist role in St. Matthew Passion with the Cortland Choral Arts Union, Messiah with the Downtown Singers, the Mozart Requiem with both the Catskill Choral Society and the Greenwich Choral Society.
Operatic repertoire includes over 30 tenor roles, from the more standard Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Elvino (La Sonnambula),Alfredo (La Traviata), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), and Rodolfo (La Boheme), to lesser-known Don Narciso in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia and the title role in Auber’s Fra Diavolo. In the 20th-century opera genre, he has also performed such challenging roles as Valere in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe, “Tenor#4”in Conrad Susa’s daring Transformations, and the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring.
Originally from Sleepy Hollow, NY, he received the Master of Music degree and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.