Newton Symphony Orchestra

January Concert Guest Artist: Adam Kirkpatrick, Tenor

Adam Kirkpatrick, lyric tenor, has performed in opera, concerts and recital throughout the United States. He performed Tonio in La fille du regiment and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Tri-Cities Opera, Beppe in I Pagliacci with Dayton Opera, and Ajax 1 in La belle Hélène with Santa Fe Opera. He has also performed with Ithaca Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Florida State Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy). On the concert platform he has appeared with the McDonough Symphony (GA), the LaGrange Symphony (GA), the Tallahassee Symphony (FL), and the Axtell Symphony (NE).  Among his upcoming engagements is a performance of Carmina Burana, with the Knoxville Symphony in April 2007.

Kirkpatrick excels in bel canto opera, especially the works of Rossini, and has performed such roles as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Conte Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Conte Libenskof in Il viaggio a Reims, Le Comte in Le Comte Ory, and Edoardo in La Cambiale di Matrimonio. One of Dr. Kirkpatrick's personal favorite roles is that of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. In his review of Kirkpatrick's performance of the role at Tri-Cities Opera, Stephen Landesman of the Ithaca Journal said ". . . his performance of the show-stopping 'Una furtiva lagrima' … was heartbreakingly plaintive and extremely well-sung."

Dr. Kirkpatrick was a Mid-South Regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2006, a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2006, an apprentice singer at Santa Fe Opera in 2003, artist in residence at Dayton Opera in 2002, and soloist at the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy in 1999 and 2000. Kirkpatrick, is a native of La Grange, Georgia. He is an assistant professor of music at Georgia State University. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned his doctorate at Florida State University.

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