Kevin Short, bass
Lord la Rocca, Un giorno di regno
Kevin Short is well-known to Sarasota Opera audiences for his critically acclaimed perfomances as Pagano in I Lombardi (2011), King Phillippe in Don Carlos (2009) Archibaldo in L’amore dei tre re (2003), the title role in Oberto (2001), Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers (2000), Méphistophélès in Faust (1991). He returns to sing the role of Lord la Rocca in the 2013 Winter Festival production of Verdi's rarely seen Un giorno di regno.
A versatile singing actor, Mr. Short’s recent engagements include a return to the Bregenzer Fesptpiele as the King in Aida, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess with both the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, and the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy. His most recent credits include Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Amonasro in Aida with Opera Birmingham; and Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Omaha. With the Teatro Nacional São Carlos he sang both Leporello in Don Giovanni and Méphistophélès in Faust.
In addition to performing in over twenty operas at The Metropolitan Opera, he has appeared with major opera companies throughout the United States, including Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and New York City Opera. Internationally he has performed at Theatre Basel, Theatre Bern, the Aargau Festival, Stuttgart Opera, Munich’s Prinzregenten Theater, Vienna’s Volksoper, Theatre St. Gallen, the New Israeli Opera Company in Tel Aviv, and with opera companies and orchestras in Spain, Canada and South America.
Highlights of Mr. Short’s concert appearances include: with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Messiah; Cleveland Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater; San Francisco Symphony, Stravinsky’s Les Noces; Boston Symphony, The Rake’s Progress; St. Louis Symphony and Detroit Symphony, Beethoven's 9th Symphony; Baltimore Symphony, Messiah and La Damnation de Faust; New Japan Philharmonic, Die Zauberflöte; Swiss and Italian RAI Orchestra in Verdi arias; Parma Reggio Emilia Orchestra in another aria concert of operatic favorites.