Kim Begley
Tenor

“The triumph of the evening remains with Kim Begley’s Loge – an irresistible combination of the qualities of a true Wagnerian with the flexibility of a character tenor.” (Altamusica)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Biography

Throughout a career spanning more than three decades, Kim Begley has upheld a reputation as both a first-class singer and a compelling actor. He has performed major roles at the opera houses of Frankfurt, Milan, Barcelona, Dresden, Amsterdam and Berlin, as well as at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera and has enjoyed a long relationship with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he started his career as a principle tenor. 

From Walter in David Pountney’s production ofWeinberg’s The Passenger to Captain Vere in Billy Budd under Edward Gardner at English National Opera, Wagner’s Loge (Das Rheingold) at the Bayreuth Festival under the late Giuseppe Sinopoli, Metropolitan Opera under James Levine and the Tanglewood Festival under Andris Nelsons, to more recent repertoire additions such as Sellem (The Rake’s Progress), Aegisth (Elektra), Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) and Fatty (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny)versatility has been the key to this long career. 

Throughout a career spanning more than three decades, Kim Begley has upheld a reputation as both a first-class singer and a compelling actor. He has performed major roles at the opera houses of Frankfurt, Milan, Barcelona, Dresden, Amsterdam and Berlin, as well as at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera and has enjoyed a long relationship with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he started his career as a principle tenor. 

From Walter in David Pountney’s production ofWeinberg’s The Passenger to Captain Vere in Billy Budd under Edward Gardner at English National Opera, Wagner’s Loge (Das Rheingold) at the Bayreuth Festival under the late Giuseppe Sinopoli, Metropolitan Opera under James Levine and the Tanglewood Festival under Andris Nelsons, to more recent repertoire additions such as Sellem (The Rake’s Progress), Aegisth (Elektra), Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) and Fatty (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), versatility has been the key to this long career. 

This season sees Kim Begley travel to the Adelaide Festival to reprise his portrayal of Polonius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, the role he created under Vladimir Jurowski in the critically-acclaimed world-premiere as part of the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival. He also returns to Semperoper Dresden in Elisabeth Stöppler’s new production of Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero.

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Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Reviews

“Outstandingly sung, his characterization of Loge was thoroughly nuanced and his gestures spoke volumes, introducing a clever operator with a history of dealing with Gods, Giants, Dwarfs and Rhinemaidens – and the wit to manipulate them.” (Classical Source, July 2017)

“Kim Begley is a superb windbag as Polonius” (Bachtrack, June 2017)

“Kim Begley’s crafty Loge was not only sharply characterized, he also made every word tell.” (Opera Magazine, May 2015)

“Outstandingly sung, his characterization of Loge was thoroughly nuanced and his gestures spoke volumes, introducing a clever operator with a history of dealing with Gods, Giants, Dwarfs and Rhinemaidens – and the wit to manipulate them.” (Classical Source, July 2017)

“Kim Begley is a superb windbag as Polonius” (Bachtrack, June 2017)

“Kim Begley’s crafty Loge was not only sharply characterized, he also made every word tell.” (Opera Magazine, May 2015)

“If Pirgu’s Shepherd was the embodiment of androgynous hedonism, then Kim Begley’s Edrisi was the quintessence of conscious rationalism. The British tenor made a strong dramatic impact” (Claire Seymour, Opera Today, May 2015)

“Kim Begley was very strong as Edrisi, Roger’s advisor/conscience and another aspect of the king’s character” (Peter Reed, Classical Source, May 2015)

“With charisma, comedy and sly cunning, Kim Begley’s Loge was a scene-stealer: the character you hate to love, and love to hate.” (Time Out - Hong Kong, February 2015)

“The English tenor is a veteran only in age: his voice – a Charaktertenor with a nasal sound à la Robert Tear albeit with Spitzentöne to make some Heldentenors envious – proved to be in excellent shap... There is indeed a splash of Gilbert and Sullivan in his Loge, but very aptly so.” (I Hear Voices blog, January 2015)

“Veteran tenor Kim Begley as Aegisthus proves he still has it vocally and contributes a ripe portrait of the pompous, preening despot.” (Limelight magazine, February 2014)

“Kim Begley’s Loge was priceless – a great actor with powerful Wagnerian expression.” [Opéra national de Paris – Der Ring des Nibelungen]  (Concertclassic.com, June 2013)

“The triumph of the evening remains with Kim Begley’s Loge – an irresistible combination of the qualities of a true Wagnerian with the flexibility of a character tenor.” [Opéra national de Paris – Das Rheingold]   (Altamusica, February 2013)

“As the well-meaning but weak-willed Captain Vere, the tenor Kim Begley gave an agitated and vocally piercing performance. [His] burnished, sizable voice lent a heroic dimension to the captain’s torment.” (The New York Times, June 2012)

“Kim Begley's familiar Herod remains a compelling compound of handsome lyricism and focused lechery.” (Salome - Baden Baden Festspiele - Opera Magazine, October 2011)

“The whole thing depended on the intensity and intellect with which Kim Begley as Loge acted under Krämer's direction. From the moment he emerged from the globe - how else? - with fiery hands and surveyed the unsavoury state of affairs, he took the action in hand. Begley was exactly the right singer for this central role: not only is he blessed with a strong, expressive voice, he was also able to switch from delightful comedy to deadly gravity in an instant. It was an enticing character study of this elusive character” (Opera, July 2010)

“... a commanding performance by English tenor Kim Begley as Captain Vere...” (The Wall Street Journal, April 2010)

“Tenor Kim Begley was a magnificent Herod, singing with precision and tonal brilliance in a role that is all too often approximated...” (San Francisco Gate, October 2009)

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