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 maintained a reputation as both a first-class singer and a compelling actor. Remaining in demand for operatic engagements across Europe and North America, Kim has performed leading roles at the opera houses in Frankfurt, Milan, Barcelona, Dresden, Amsterdam and Berlin, as well as The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.

Throughout a career spanning more than three decades, Kim Begley has maintained a reputation as both a first-class singer and a compelling actor. Remaining in demand for operatic engagements across Europe and North America, Kim has performed leading roles at the opera houses in Frankfurt, Milan, Barcelona, Dresden, Amsterdam and Berlin, as well as The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.

Versatility has been key to Kim’s long career: a recent highly-acclaimed return to English National Opera as Walter in David Pountney’s production ofWeinberg’s The Passenger was followed by Captain Vere in David Alden’s new production of Billy Budd under Edward Gardner. Wagner’s Loge (Das Rheingold) has garnered Kim great personal acclaim over the years, including his Bayreuth Festival debut and further productions at La Scala Milan, The Met under James Levine and in the recent new production at Opéra national de Paris, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Recent additions to his already extensive repertoire include Sellem (The Rake’s Progress), Aegisth (Elektra), Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) and Fatty (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny).

This season Kim creates the role of Polonius in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet under Vladimir Jurowski for Glyndebourne Festival, returns to Semperoper Dresden as Mephistopheles (Doktor Faustus) under Tomas Netopil and sings Aegisth (Elektra) for his company debut with Teatro Municipal São Paulo.

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Contacts

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

Reviews

“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)

“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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