Nicholas Kilkenny, bass-baritone, is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in vocal performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music studying under Dr. Robert McIver. While at Eastman he has performed the roles of Olsen in Street Scene, Elviro in Serse and the second commissioner in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Other roles include Basilio and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Usher and Foreman in Trial by Jury, and Page and King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Nicholas has also performed scenes from L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Rigoletto.
As a concert soloist, Nicholas has performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat, Brahms’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and others. Some of the organizations he has had the pleasure of working with include Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Nickel City Opera, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Orchard Park Chorale, Rochester Lyric Opera and Hubbard Hall Opera Theater.
Nicholas will be making his RPO and Carnegie Hall debut this spring performing the role of Jewel Scrooby in a concert version of Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount.