Jonathan Forbes Kennedy graduated in June 2017 from the MMus programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having studied under the tutelage of Alan Watt. Prior to this, he was awarded a BMus (Hons) from the RCS in June 2015.
During his studies, Jonathan was privileged to take part in Masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, John Treleaven, Lisa Milne and Roderick Williams. He won the Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing at the RCS in his second year, and was ‘Highly Commended’ this year in the prestigious Governor’s Prize for Singing.
Operatic roles include: Papageno in Die Zauberflote (Fife Opera), Onégin in Eugene Onégin (Edinburgh Studio Opera), Escamillo in Carmen (Edinburgh Studio Opera), Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Dei Lumi), The Host of the Garter Inn in Sir John in Love (RCS), Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro (RCS), Norton in La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Raucous Rossini), Sgt Bouncer in Cox and Box (The Scottish Consort). Jonathan also created the role of Rev. Tregold in Surrey Opera’s production of Louis Mander and Stephen Fry’s The Life to come.
On the concert platform he has sung as the bass soloist for the Mozart and Fauré Requiems, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Finzi’s In Terra pax, J S Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to music and 5 Mystical songs. He has also performed Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Jacco Lamfers.
Jonathan has recently performed with the chorus of Grange Park Opera in their productions of Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. In July 2018, he sang the role of Der Vater for Berlin Opera Academy’s production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.