In his third season as a member of OSJ’s resident company, Kirk Dougherty appears as Edgardo (Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), Almaviva (Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), Nikolaus Sprink (Kevin Puts’ Silent Night) and Rodolfo (Puccini’s La bohème). Last season, Mr. Dougherty performed the roles of Mario Cavaradossi (Puccini’s Tosca), Don José (Bizet’s Carmen), and Mitch (Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire). He made his first appearance as a member of the resident company during the 2014-15 season as the Duke (Verdi’s Rigoletto), Tamino (Mozart’s The Magic Flute), and the leading role of Philip in the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread.
Mr. Dougherty made his company debut at the Sarasota Opera’s 2014 winter festival, singing ten performances of Manrico in an uncut version of Verdi’s Il trovatore. He also appeared as Manrico at Baltimore Concert Opera during the 2013-14 season. As Don José (Carmen), he will return in 2015 to Anchorage Opera, where he was previously sang the roles of Pinkerton (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Joseph Treat in the world premiere of Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President.
Mr. Dougherty was recently a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in Bruch’s oratorio Moses at Carnegie Hall and with the Glacier Symphony in Das Lied von der Erde. He also appeared in concert with Opera Delaware and with Helena Symphony.
In past seasons, he has performed with many notable musical organizations, such as the Castleton Opera Festival, Central City Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Naples, Salt Marsh Opera, Duluth Festival Opera, Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall, and many others.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he began his operatic training as an AGMA apprentice artist at Central City Opera, and as a festival artist at Utah Festival Opera. He was more recently a resident artist at Tri-Cities Opera and at Opera San José.
For more information, please visit Mr. Dougherty’s website.