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A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; she won the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize, Basil A.Turner Prize, Joaninha Trust Prize and David Goldman Award.
Recent opera engagements include Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro for Dutch National Opera; Iphis/Jephtha in Hannover; Teofane/Ottone for English Touring Opera; Jano/Jenufa for Scottish Opera and Poppea/Agrippina for Iford Arts; Second Woman/Dido and Aeneas for La Nuova Musica at Wigmore Hall, and Serpetta(cover)/La Finta Giardiniera and Elisa(cover)/Hipermestra Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Whilst in Scotland Kemény made her debut at Scottish Opera as Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream and sang Tiny/Paul Bunyan and Little Moon-Soprano Actor/A Night at the Chinese Opera for British Youth Opera. She is passionate about the creation and interpretation of new music and has created three lead roles in new operas – Woman/Unknown Position and Girl/Bonesong (Kate Whitley), and Wife/Nauset (Joel Rust) – to critical acclaim.
Concert highlights include the soprano solos in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with Concerto Köln and Peter Dijkstra, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, directed by Mark Padmore, 1st Soprano in Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Snape Maltings, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, and Orff’s Carmina Burana at Cadogan Hall. A keen exponent of 20th century and contemporary repertoire, Kemény has performed Stravinsky’s Les noces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and a programme with Schoenberg’s 2nd Quartet, Pierrot Lunaire, Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Mallarmé and Stravinsky’s 3 Japanese Lyrics at London’s Conway Hall.
A passionate recitalist, Kemény performed recently at the MozartFest Würzburg, and with Malcolm Martineau at the Bath Festival in a programme of Spanish song. For Oxford Lieder Festival she sang Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen and Schoenberg’s 2nd Quartet, and at St John’s Smith Square in a solo recital entitled “Dans le Jardin”, inspired by the Royal Academy of Art’s Painting the Modernist Garden. She has also performed at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and the Museen der Stadt Nürnberg.
In the 18/19 season she joins the ensemble at Theater Bonn, where her roles include Romilda/Xerxes, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte and Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel. With the Sinfonieorchester Basel, she will perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah, conducted by Christopher Moulds, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Other concert projects include Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Kasseler Musiktage and Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Peter Dijkstra.

Louise Kemény as Barbarina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro

"Louise Kemény mimt die Gretel jungmädchenhaft mit farblich nuancenreich-lyrischem Sopran."
Kultura Extra, Theater Bonn - Hänsel und Gretel, November 2018
“Accompanied by two oboes, soprano Louise Kemény deployed a radiant timbre, with ethereal vibrato, very well suited to the spirit of joy, hoping, anticipating, the resurrection of Christ.”
Olyrix.com, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Bach, St Matthew Passion, March 2018
“Louise Kemény, her voice like a flash of silver, sounds beautiful in the ‘Ave Maria’ from 1895.”
Gramophone Magazine, Signum Classics, Faure Songs, vol 3 (Martineau), February 2018
"La Barbarine de Louis Kemény possède une voix assez riche pour qu’on l’imagine sans peine dans des rôles plus lourds."
forumopera.com, De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam - Le Nozze di Figaro, September 2016
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