10:00 am KEANON KYLES Presents:
Performance prep, etiquette, castmate exercises and how to take care of your instrument in between performances.
KEANON KYLES, praised by CNN for his “beautiful technique” was raised in Chicago where he received his degree in music from Chicago’s Columbia College. He made his opera debut as Colline in Puccini’s “La Boheme” in North Chicago. Conducted by Metropolitan Opera’s Maestro David Jackson, he made his Italy debut in Trento as Betto in Gianni Schicchi and Peter in Hansel and Gretel. After making his U.K. debut as Colline in La Boheme he returned to Scotland to perform the title-role in Rigoletto in a Scottish Opera.
He made his Chicago Opera Theater debut as Daggoo in their production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby Dick”. Shortly after, he made his South America debut as Noye in Noye’s Fludde. Kyles then returned to Chicago to make his Lyric Opera debut by way of their Lyric Unlimited program in their production of “Earth to Kenzie” and was invited to perform a selection of arias at Carnegie Hall in 2019. Kyles recently has been a part of several world premieres throughout Chicago, some being, Chicago Opera Theater commissioned new art song pieces specifically for Kyles by living composers Stacy Garrop, Wang Lu, Matthew Recio. He most recently performed, “Two Black Churches” by friend and colleague, Shawn Okpebholo. He’s been invited back by the Lyric Opera to be part of productions, “The Scorpion Sting” and completely sold out run of “The Factotum”. Kyles is a former Young Artist with Chicago Opera Theater and graduated from the post-grad Opera Performance program through Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Aside from operatic performances, Kyles has performed a plethora of concert work with
Chicago Symphony Orchestra through their Negaunee Music Institute. He has been featured on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times and his music career has been highlighted on Good
Morning America, CNN, BBC News, NPR amongst other major media outlets. Kyles was recently one of Portland Opera’s four Resident Artists and performed in their season opener, “Carmen”, as Morales.