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Kevin Deas

Kevin Deas


Bass-Baritone

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, as well as the most illustrious orchestras on the North American continent, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals. 2018-19 season highlights include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Porgy and Bess with the Florida Orchestra, performances of Handel’s Messiah with the National Cathedral and Virginia Symphony, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Joe Horowitz’s “Dvorak in America” project with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Verdi’s Requiem with the National Philharmonic.

Recent successes include Messiah with the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and National Cathedral; Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Richmond Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Virginia Symphony, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Jacksonville Symphony, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Mozart’s Requiemwith VoxAmaDeus, The Trumpet Shall Sound with the PostClassical Ensemble, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with JoAnn Falletta at SUNY Potsdam.

He has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Richmond and Winnipeg symphonies and the National Philharmonic; Messiah with Boston Baroque, the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle and Kansas City symphonies, the National Philharmonic, and at the Warsaw Easter Festival; Mozart’s Requiem with the Alabama and Vermont symphonies; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Oratorio Society of New York; St. John Passion with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico; Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the New York Philharmonic; and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Chicago and Columbus symphonies.

A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composer’s eighty-fifth birthday, recorded on video for international release. He also performed the world premieres of Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. His twenty-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in performances of To Hope! He performed Brubeck’s Gates of Justice in a gala performance in New York.

Kevin Deas recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger (Decca/London) with the Chicago Symphony under the late Sir Georg Solti, and Varèse’s Ecuatorialwith the ASKO Ensemble under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Acis and Galatea(Vox Classics); Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society (Telarc); and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque (Linn Records). Dvorák in America (Naxos), features Mr. Deas in the world premiere recording of Dvorák’s “Hiawatha Melodrama” and the composer’s own arrangement of “Goin’ Home” with the PostClassical Ensemble.

Gershwin music gets performance it deserves from Reading Symphony Orchestra

“that beautiful performance, and the soloists – pianist Simon Mulligan, in a return visit after 17 years; soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green; and bass-baritone Kevin Deas – couldn’t have been better chosen…The second half was devoted to excerpts from “Porgy and Bess,” with Deas and Green portraying the title characters, as well as Clara, Serena, Jake and Sportin’ Life, in a memorable performance that made me wish I could see them starring in the entire opera.”

– Susan L. Pena, Reading EagleRelated Link

Review: PostClassical Ensemble’s ‘Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual’ at the Washington National Cathedral

“What was crystal clear from the start, however, was the powerful impact of Kevin Deas, bass-baritone soloist, upon the entire presentation.”

– Ramona Harper, DC Metro Theater ArtsRelated Link

‘Porgy and Bess’ Celebrates the Tenacity of Black America

“If you missed the recent performance at The Music Center at Strathmore of George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” and featured an all-Black cast in the major singing roles, you missed a jewel of a concert.”

– D. Kevin McNeir, Washington InformerRelated Link

‘Porgy’ and ‘Simon’: Two works trying to fold black experience into Western canon

“What theatrical verve came across was thanks to the soloists. Director Michael Bobbitt’s spare yet effective staging created more than a whiff of Catfish Row, and drew three-dimensional characterizations from the strong soloists, even in formal concert dress…

With his elegant delivery and gently rolling bass-baritone, Kevin Deas emphasized the basic decency and civility in Porgy.”

– Anne Midgette and Joe Banno, The Washington PostRelated Link

Mozart’s Last Symphonic and Choral Utterances

Highlights of the Tuba mirum section of the Sequence were the successive solo stanzas by bass, tenor, mezzo, and soprano; Steven Lundahl was the trombone soloist in resonant partnership with Kevin Deas.

– Virginia Newes, The Boston Musical IntelligencerRelated Link

Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ Has More Humanity Than Anti-Semitism

“Mr. Keene had a superb Jesus in the bass-baritone Kevin Deas.”

– James R. Oestreich, The New York TimesRelated Link

 

Dvořák & America – Naxos | Released 06/01/2014


 

Haydn: The Creation – Linn Records | Released 08/28/2012


 

Brubeck: The Gates of Justice – Naxos | Released 01/20/2004


Orchestral

  • Bach
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B-minor
    St. Matthew Passion (arias and all bass roles)
    St. John Passion (arias and all bass roles)

    Beethoven
    Mass in C-Major
    Missa Solemnis
    The Ruins of Athens
    Symphony No. 9

    Brahms
    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Copland
    Old American Songs (Books 1 and 2)

    Elgar
    The Dream of Gerontius

    Fauré
    Requiem

    Gershwin
    Porgy and Bess (Bennett and Litton concert versions)

    Glass
    The Passion of Ramakrishna

    Handel
    Messiah
    Israel in Egypt

    Haydn
    The Creation
    Lord Nelson Mass
    Paukenmesse

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah

    Moravec
    Blizzard Voices

    Mozart
    Great Mass in C-minor
    Requiem

    Puccini
    Gloria

    Rossini
    Stabat Mater

    Stravinsky
    Pulcinella

    Telemann
    Der Schulmeister

    Verdi
    Requiem

Orchestral

  • Bach
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B-minor
    St. Matthew Passion (arias and all bass roles)
    St. John Passion (arias and all bass roles)

    Beethoven
    Mass in C-Major
    Missa Solemnis
    The Ruins of Athens
    Symphony No. 9

    Brahms
    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Copland
    Old American Songs (Books 1 and 2)

    Elgar
    The Dream of Gerontius

    Fauré
    Requiem

    Gershwin
    Porgy and Bess (Bennett and Litton concert versions)

    Glass
    The Passion of Ramakrishna

    Handel
    Messiah
    Israel in Egypt

    Haydn
    The Creation
    Lord Nelson Mass
    Paukenmesse

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah

    Moravec
    Blizzard Voices

    Mozart
    Great Mass in C-minor
    Requiem

    Puccini
    Gloria

    Rossini
    Stabat Mater

    Stravinsky
    Pulcinella

    Telemann
    Der Schulmeister

    Verdi
    Requiem

Audio

Handel: Messiah – Why Do the Nations

Handel: Messiah – Thus saith the Lord

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor – O Freunde, Nicht dise Tone

Copland: Old American Songs – I Bought me a Cat

Copland: Old American Songs – Chin-a-ring Chaw

Copland: Old American Songs – Zion’s Walls

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Excerpt)

Mozart: Der Schaspieldirektor – Jeder Kunstler strebt nach Ehre

Video

Documents

Short Biography

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, as well as the most illustrious orchestras on the North American continent, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals. 2018-19 season highlights include performances with Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Florida Orchestra, the National Cathedral, Virginia Symphony the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic, and a performance of a new Korine Fujiwara opera, ‘The Flood,’ with Opera Columbus. He has recently performed with VoxAmaDeus, Boston Baroque, Duisberg Phiharmoniker, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and was an Artist in Residence with the PostClassical Ensemble.

Full Biography

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, as well as the most illustrious orchestras on the North American continent, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals. 2018-19 season highlights include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Porgy and Bess with the Florida Orchestra, performances of Handel’s Messiah with the National Cathedral and Virginia Symphony, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Joe Horowitz’s “Dvorak in America” project with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Verdi’s Requiem with the National Philharmonic.

Recent successes include Messiah with the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and National Cathedral; Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Richmond Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Virginia Symphony, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Jacksonville Symphony, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Mozart’s Requiemwith VoxAmaDeus, The Trumpet Shall Sound with the PostClassical Ensemble, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with JoAnn Falletta at SUNY Potsdam.

He has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Richmond and Winnipeg symphonies and the National Philharmonic; Messiah with Boston Baroque, the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle and Kansas City symphonies, the National Philharmonic, and at the Warsaw Easter Festival; Mozart’s Requiem with the Alabama and Vermont symphonies; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Oratorio Society of New York; St. John Passion with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico; Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the New York Philharmonic; and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Chicago and Columbus symphonies.

A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composer’s eighty-fifth birthday, recorded on video for international release. He also performed the world premieres of Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. His twenty-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in performances of To Hope! He performed Brubeck’s Gates of Justice in a gala performance in New York.

Kevin Deas recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger (Decca/London) with the Chicago Symphony under the late Sir Georg Solti, and Varèse’s Ecuatorialwith the ASKO Ensemble under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Acis and Galatea(Vox Classics); Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society (Telarc); and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque (Linn Records). Dvorák in America (Naxos), features Mr. Deas in the world premiere recording of Dvorák’s “Hiawatha Melodrama” and the composer’s own arrangement of “Goin’ Home” with the PostClassical Ensemble.