Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bass-Baritone Kevin Short Returns to Sarasota Opera

Bass-baritone Kevin Short

Bass-baritone Kevin Short has been a frequent artist at Sarasota Opera since making his debut in 1991 as Méphistophélès in Gounod's Faust.  Since his debut, Mr. Short has been seen in many leading roles at Sarasota Opera, particularly the works of Verdi.  In addition, Mr. Short's career has taken him to Stuttgart Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera House. 
This season, Mr. Short returns to sing the role of Signor La Rocca in Sarasota Opera's upcoming production of Verdi's charming and lively comedy Un giorno di regno (A King for a Day), Sarasota Opera's third opera this season and the 29th installment of the Verdi Cycle, opening March 2nd and running through March 24th.   

Mr. Short as Nourabad in the 2000 production
of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers).

In North America, Mr. Short has performed multiple roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Indianapolis Opera, Utan Symphony, Opera de las Americas, Opera Memphis, Berkshire Opera Company, Nashville Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Birmingham, New Jersy Opera Festival, Kentucky Opera and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis to name a few of the many companies where he's performed.

Mr. Short in the title role of Sarasota Opera's production of Verdi's Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio

Making Switzerland his home now for a number of years, Mr. Short has also performed in many european theaters such as Paris' Opéra Comique, Théâtre Caen, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Oper der Stadt Köln, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Aachen, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Theater Basel, Theater Bern, Theater St. Gallen, and Teatro Nacional di São Carlos in such roles as Attila, Philippe in Don Carlos, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Méphistophélès in Faust, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Escamillo in Carmen, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Figaro and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess.

Mr. Short as Pagano in Sarasota Opera's production of Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata

Mr. Short as The King in Verdi's Aida at Opera Birmingham

Mr. Short as Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera

Don't miss a note Mr. Short's performance as Signor La Rocca in this season's production of Un giorno di regno (A King for a Day) at Sarasota Opera.  There will be seven performances between March 2nd and March 24th!  Tickets are on sale now at or by calling (941) 328-1300.   

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