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KIRK DOUGHERTY, tenor
KIRK DOUGHERTY, tenor
With a sound combining clarity, strength, and expressivity, Kirk Dougherty’s versatile commitment to both musical and dramatic interpretation has earned him continuous appearances as a leading tenor in opera houses across the US for many years. Of his 2016 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.”
2022 included these exciting productions: Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Opera Southwest, Faust in Boito’s Mephistofele with Knoxville Opera, the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Opera Orlando, and the title role in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera Louisiane.
Previous seasons included Mr. Dougherty performing such varying roles as Leicester in Maria Stuarda with Piedmont Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème and Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at Opera San Jose, and Rodolfo (La bohème) Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with Salt Marsh Opera. He also made company débuts with Sarasota Opera in the role of Manrico in Il trovatore, and with Knoxville Opera and Opera Delaware as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.
He has also previously appeared as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Bob Jones University as well as at Opera San Jose and at Tri-Cities Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo (La bohème) and the tenor solo in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Wichita Grand Opera, Nikolaus Sprink in Silent Night with Piedmont Opera and at Opera San Jose, and the Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre as well as with Opera San Jose.
Other operatic productions of note include Cavaradossi in Pucinni’s Tosca at Opera San Jose as well as a concert production with Helena Symphony and a full production with NJ Festival Orchestra, the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) with Opera Las Vegas as well as Opera San Jose, returns to Anchorage Opera as Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), and the title role in Opera Louisiane’s production of Gounod’s Faust.
On the concert stage, notable performances include as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Allentown Symphony the New Jersey Choral Society, soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society, as Aaron in Bruch's oratorio Moses with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Glacier Symphony.