Praised for his "beautiful" and “sweet-voiced” tone, and “superbly acted” portrayals, American tenor, Patrick Kilbride, is enjoying a flourishing career, particularly sought-after as an interpreter of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and Britten.
He pursued his undergraduate studies in voice at Northwestern University, and his graduate studies in opera at the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Additionally, he was a fellow for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center singing roles under the batons of many musical luminaries including Jane Glover, Tomàš Netopil, and Robert Spano. He has also been a Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival and Victoria Bach Festival.
Mr. Kilbride made his professional operatic debut in the United States singing the role of Iro in a new production of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Gilbert Blin and conducted by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. Following his debut in Boston, he studied and performed for two months at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Fellow where he collaborated with many celebrated artist-mentors including Mark Morris, Sanford Sylvan and Dawn Upshaw. While there he made his recital debut in Seiji Ozawa Hall and performed in world premieres, including music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang.
Currently residing in Washington D.C., he is in demand as a concert and operatic artist, having performed frequently as a soloist with many organizations including the Washington Bach Consort, Cathedral Choral Society, Choralis, Cathedra, The Folger Consort, The New Orchestra of Washington and others. He has been a Young Artist in past seasons with Opera Lafayette, leading to his solo debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda & selected Madrigali.
As a winner of the 24th International Concours de Chant Centre-Lyrique d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Mr. Kilbride made his professional operatic debut in Europe singing the role of Damon in a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois and conducted by Damien Guillon with Le Banquet Céleste, in France throughout 2015 and 2016 with Théâtre Municipal Montluçon, Opéra Grand Avignon, Opéra Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, Opéra de Rennes and Festival de la Chaise-Dieu.
Patrick returned to France in Summer 2017 to make his debut with the renowned Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he was a resident artist of the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence involved in a new production of Francesco Cavalli's Erismena directed by Jean Bellorini, and conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón with Cappella Mediterranea. The production embarked on a European tour in 2017, where he made his debut at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. The production continues performances throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020, making his debut in the opera houses of Paris, Luxembourg and Lisbon. Spring 2018 saw his professional debut in the United Kingdom, where he sang the role of Septimius in Handel's Theodora with the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by Christian Curnyn, and in collaboration with Sarah Connolly and the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra in the historic Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Recent engagements included his debut in San Francisco singing Jupiter in Handel's Semele with the American Bach Soloists, his return to the Kennedy Center with Opera Lafayette in Jomelli's Cerere Placata, the US staged premiere of a new production of Stradella's La Susanna with Opera Lafayette and Heartbeat Opera at the Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, concerts with the Washington Bach Consort and his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, among others. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, future engagements include solo and consort appearances at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Concert Hall among others.
He was the 2015 recipient of the Marillyn Zacharis Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, the 2014 recipient of the Pomeroy Prize from the University of Maryland for his work in 17th and 18th century repertoire, a three-time recipient of the Newman Family Foundation Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival, a Victor Rice Opera Assistantship recipient from the University of Maryland, a Helen Heim Nichols Endowed Fellowship recipient from Northwestern University, and a 2007 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungARTS finalist and winner in classical voice.