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Kirk Dougherty, Tenor

Manrico, Il trovatore

Tenor Kirk Dougherty has a thriving career in concert and opera in the United States. From Mozart’s most sublime lovers to Verdi’s grandest heroes, his performances are acclaimed for their versatility, strength, and elegance. Opera Magazine (UK),, and Opera News describe his voice as a “tenor on the rise”, “an “exceptionally beautiful tenor”, and a “limitless, iridescent instrument”. He performs in concert and opera with renowned regional companies, including the Castleton Festival, Anchorage Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, and many others.

During the upcoming 2013-14 season at Sarasota Opera, Kirk Dougherty sings the role of Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. At OperaDelaware, and Baltimore Concert Opera, he also sings the role of Manrico in Il Trovatore. He appears as Luigi in Puccini’s Il Tabarro at the Buck Hill-Skytop Festival and the North Shore Music Festival. At Salt Marsh Opera, he plays Ernesto in Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale. He also returns to Anchorage Opera as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and he returns to Teatro Grattacielo as the Young Ermite in a rare concert performance of Franco Alfano’s opera, Sakuntala.

At the 2013 Castleton Festival, he appeared in three different roles: as Nick in Puccini's Fanciulla del West and as both Cassio and Otello in various performances of Verdi's Otello. Also in 2012-2013 season, Kirk Dougherty appeared as a principal character in Victoria Bond’s opera Mrs. President, premiered at Anchorage Opera. He also performed four featured roles in Montemezzi’s La Nave with New York City's Teatro Grattacielo. In Tri-Cities Opera's regionally acclaimed production of Il Trovatore, he sang the role of Manrico with 'exquisite lyric and dramatic power'. At Opera Naples, he was the soloist in a staged production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Since 2010, he made numerous appearances in various roles at Tri-Cities Opera, as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Alfredo (La Traviata), and Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). He also sang the roles of Tamino at Salt Marsh Opera, the title role of Faust at Opéra Louisiane, Rodolfo (La Bohème) at the Belleayre Music Festival, Amaryllus (The Poisoned Kiss) and the title role of Fra Diavolo at Bronx Opera.

Kirk Dougherty is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. He was a Festival Artist at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera, and a Resident Artist at Tri-Cities Opera. He resides in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano Cabiria Jacobsen.