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KENNETH COX, bass


... sang the role of the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun in The Conquistador.

He is a favorite among California audiences, having sang in numerous performances in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.In these cities' opera houses he has sung the key roles of his vast repertoire:


Sarastro
Banquo
Antinoo/Il Tempo
Oroveso
Melisso
Orbassano
Arkel
Mikado
Narbal
Neptune
Publius
in Mozart's Die Zauberflote
in Verdi's Macbeth
in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse
in Bellini's Norma
in Handel's Alcina
in Rossini's Tancredi
in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande
in Sullivan's The Mikado
in Berlioz's Les Troyens
in Mozart's Idomeneo
in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
Kenneth Cox's appearances haven't been confined to the Western United States, however. He has given many performances nationwide and his list of international operatic debuts grows longer with each season. In the 1997-98 season, he will make his debut with the Dallas Opera as Claggart in Billy Budd and with the Opera National de Paris - Bastille in the world premiere of Salammbo. Below is a listing of his past North American and European appearances.
NORTH AMERICA: Roles - Venues
Sarastro - Calgary, Toronto, Houston, Pittsburgh, Orlando Minnesota, Grand Rapids
Oroveso - Seattle Opera
Orbassano - Lyric Opera of Chicago
Commendatore - Metropolitan Opera, New York
Banquo, Baron Ochs -New York City Opera
Timur in Puccini's Turandot - Seattle, Montreal
Ramfis -Opera Company of Philadelphia
Mephistofeles in Gounod's Faust - Indianapolis Opera, Orlando Opera, Opera Syracuse, Omaha Opera
Falstaff in Verdi's Falstaff, King Philip in Verdi's Don Carlo, Raimondo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto, Pere des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, Don Basilio in Rossini's Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Ramfis in Verdi's Aida, Osmin in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, Gremin inTchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Colline in Puccini's La Boheme -Washington, St. Louis, Long Beach, Baltimore, New Orleans, Kentucky, Arizona, and Indianapolis
EUROPE:
Baron Ochs - Teatro San Carlo, Naples
King Marke in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde- Scottish Opera
Osmin, Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni - Netherlands Opera, Scottish Opera
Arkel - Welsh National Opera, Chatelet (Paris)
Kenneth Cox is also a sought-after bass soloist in concert performances. His orchestral repertoire includes: Verdi's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (with which he debuted in Japan), Handel's Messiah, Bruckner's Te Deum, Penderecki's St. Luke's Passion, Bach's Passions of St Matthew and St. John, Bach,s b minor Mass, Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's Fidelio and Mahler's Eight Symphony, which he recorded with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony under the Telarc label. He has also recorded the role of Phanuel with Placido Domingo in the Sony classical CD of Massenet's Herodiade which was also telecast nationally on the PBS Great Performances series.

"A wonderfully cavernous Bass" is how The New York Times describes Kenneth Cox's voice. Those who have heard him can only agree.

The CAST:    Jerry Hadley     Kenneth Cox    John Duykers

Adria Firestone      Vivica Genaux     Elizabeth Hynes      Louis Otey 

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