Kenneth Overton

For his portrayal of Stephen Kumalo, in Kurt Weill’s Lost in The Stars, Baritone Kenneth Overton was nominated for the 2019 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for “Outstanding Performance in an Opera.” Kenneth is enjoying singing leading roles at some of the world’s great opera houses such as, San Francisco Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Palacio Bellas Artes, New York City Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Royal Danish Opera as well as many regional opera houses in the U.S. including Opera Memphis, Nashville Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Opera Idaho, and Opera Grand Rapids. Recent appearances include a debut performance and Naxos Label Recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic in the title role of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua, and return engagements to the National Chorale at Lincoln Center for Handel’s Messiah, Carnegie Hall and with the New England Symphonic Ensemble for Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. The Oregon Bach Festival invited Kenneth to return for Mozart’s Requiem, Bach Cantatas 190 and 56, Bach’s Magnificat and Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliet after a debut season as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Yeshua. Kenneth’s 2019/2020 season began with a return to San Francisco Opera in Britten’s Billy Budd and continues with a return to Opera Carolina to reprise his role as Civil Rights Leader, Ralph Abernathy in Douglas Tappin’s opera, I Dream. Kenneth is currently serving as Associate Producer of the upcoming documentary film BLACK OPERA For more information please visit and

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