Jean-Sébastien Kennedy

An alumnus of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Studio, baritone Jean-Sébastien Kennedy, whose singing has been reviewed as “stylish” by Steve Smith in The New York Times, made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist and chorister with the Ottawa Bach Choir in 2011.  A sought-after artist for his “distinctly rich tone” (The Ottawa Citizen), his “stage presence” (Le Droit, Ottawa-Gatineau) his expressiveness and his versatility, he participates in numerous productions ranging from opera to recitals, in Canada and abroad. On stage, he has performed, amongst others, the roles of Marcelo and Schaunard (La Boheme), Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Guglielmo and Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte), Papageno (Magic Flute), Urbain (La Vie Parisienne) and the Wolf in Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood.  His main oratorio credits include Brahms’, Fauré’s and Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and a vast repertoire of Early Music and Baroque major works. A late-bloomer on the musical scene, he is particularly sensitive to the importance of bringing classical music to young people and regularly participates with pleasure in OBC’s community outreach initiatives in elementary and secondary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton area. Jean-Sébastien joined the Ottawa Bach Choir in 2006.

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