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'Va', l'error mio palesa', (Mitridate, Re di Ponto), Mozart

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Sweet Rose and Lily from Handel's Theodora

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Kieron-Connor Valentine

Counter-Tenor

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Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is currently engaged on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, having already completed his M. Mus at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, and Bachelor of Music Vocal Studies course at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.


Winner of the 2019 Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan award, Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he studied with David Lowe. He is currently engaged on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, having already completed his Master of Music, Vocal Performance Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and Bachelor of Music Vocal Studies course from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

Recent engagements include Fate in Judith Weir's Miss Fortune and Orphee in Charpentiers 'Orphee descendent aux enfers' at the GSMD. He has also covered the role of Mago Cristiano in Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Future plans include Adelberto in Handel’s Ottone and cover Andronico in Handel’s Tamerlano, both for English Touring Opera. During his time at the RNCM he performed L’humana fragilita in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patri, conducted by Roger Hamilton; Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Andrew Greenwood and Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, conducted by Roger Hamilton. In 2018 Kieron-Connor joined the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh Festival in the role of Didymus in Theodora.

During summer 2017 Kieron recorded the soundtrack to a new Welsh opera film, commissioned by Welsh National Opera and S4C and composed by Stephen McNeff, based on the life of the 1st World War poet, Hedd Wyn.

Concert highlights include a recital of Renaissance and Baroque song at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea as part of the London Master Class Series; a UK tour with the Military Wives and his début at the BBC Proms as The Lost Boy in the world premiere of The Water Diviners Tale, conducted by David Charles Abell. He has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, conducted by Ian Chesworth at St. Michael and All Saints Church, Macclesfield; Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Owen Roberts at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham; Jenkins’ The Armed Man, conducted by Owen Roberts at William Aston Hall, Wrexham; Orff’s Carmina Burana, conducted by Richard Lea at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, conducted by John Powell at the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall.

Recent competition successes include the 2018 Douglas Rees Memorial Young Opera Singer of the Year, the 2018 Morriston Orpheus Welsh Singer of the Year and the 2018 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer. Over the years, he has won the titles of Southport Singer of the Year; Liverpool Singer of the Year; The Stiwt Young Singer of the Year; Liverpool’s Most Promising Singer of the Year Award. 


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Bach Mass in B minor BWV. 232
Beethoven Mass in C Major Op. 86
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Handel Messiah HWV. 56
Handel Saul HWV. 53
Handel Theodora HWV. 68
Jenkins The Armed Man
Mendelssohn Elijah Op. 70
Mozart Coronation Mass in C minor K. 317
Orff Carmina Burana
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Weir, Judith Miss FortuneFate
Bach
Mass in B minor BWV. 232
Beethoven
Mass in C Major Op. 86
Bernstein
Chichester Psalms
Handel
Messiah HWV. 56
Handel
Saul HWV. 53
Handel
Theodora HWV. 68
Jenkins
The Armed Man
Mendelssohn
Elijah Op. 70
Mozart
Coronation Mass in C minor K. 317
Orff
Carmina Burana
Pergolesi
Stabat Mater
Weir, Judith
Miss Fortune
Fate
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamOberon
Charpentier Orphée descendant aux enfers H.471Orphée
Dove FlightRefugee
Handel Guilio CesareTolomeo
Handel TheodoraDidymus
Handel RinaldoMago Cristiano * (cover)
Handel TamerlanoAndronico (U)
Handel OttoneAdelberto
Monteverdi Il ritorno in patri d’UlisseL'humana Fragilita
Mozart MitridateFarnace
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Oberon
Charpentier
Orphée descendant aux enfers H.471
Orphée
Dove
Flight
Refugee
Handel
Guilio Cesare
Tolomeo
Handel
Theodora
Didymus
Handel
Rinaldo
Mago Cristiano * (cover)
Handel
Tamerlano
Andronico (U)
Handel
Ottone
Adelberto
Monteverdi
Il ritorno in patri d’Ulisse
L'humana Fragilita
Mozart
Mitridate
Farnace

Opera

Theodora

Didymus in Theodora with the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, March 2017
Seen and Heard International
Welsh counter tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine who sang with unusual vocal strength and evenness for his voice type, characterizing well, and acting with commitment and sincerity.

Theodora

Didymus in Theodora with the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, March 2017
Manchester Theatre Awards
Kieran-Connor Valentine sang Didymus, her love interest. He’s a counter-tenor and brought a formidable technique and big reserves of power to the task. The duets for the two of them were highspots of the evening.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, March 2015
Manchester Theatre Awards
Counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is the regal McCoy as Oberon, slightly surreal and super-cool.

Concerts & Recitals

Never Forget Concert with the Rideswell Male Voice Choir, November 2014
Matlock Mercury
Counter-tenor Kieron Connor-Valentine shone in his delivery of wartime favourites such as Smile and There’ll Always Be An England, the latter leading up to an audience singalong of other classics.

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