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Kevin West

Tenor/Actor

Biography

English tenor and actor Kevin West made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 as Pong (Turandot). He returned in 2016 as the Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (The Importance of Being Earnest).

West was born in London. He began his career with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company before going on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Operatic engagements include David (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) for English National Opera, Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) for NI Opera and Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Governor (Candide) and Missail (Boris Godunov) for Teatro Regio, Turin. His role creations include Swami Zumzum (Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong) for Glyndebourne Festival, in Weir’s Missa e combattimento for La Monnaie, Brussels, and in numerous works for Almeida Opera. His recordings include Raguel (Dove’s Tobias and the Angel) for Chandos.

West’s engagements as an actor and narrator include King of Hearts (Dining with Alice) for Artichoke and the staged biographies Otto Heinrich (Artichoke), Eating the Peach: When Mozart Met Mick Kelly (Richmond Theatre) and All at Sixes and Sevens (King’s Head Theatre). Television appearances as a singer and actor include The People’s Passion and King Priam on Channel 4, Figaro Live on BBC2 and Les Illuminations on RAI Uno.