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Kieron-Connor Valentine

Counter-Tenor

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Artist Manager: Rhian Williams rhian.williams@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk


Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is in the final year of his Bachelor of Music Vocal Studies course at the Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Manchester, studying with David Lowe. With an engaging and mature presence for his young age, he joins the Britten-Pears Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2018.

Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on the B.Mus Vocal Studies course. While at the college, his roles have included L’humana fragilita in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patri, conducted by Rogert Hamilton; Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Andrew Greenwood and most recently Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, conducted by Roger Hamilton.

Over the summer 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.

Performance highlights to date 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 Water Diviners Tale, conducted by David Charles Abell.

In concert, Kieron-Connor 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.

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 and Liverpool’s Most Promising Singer of the Year Award.

2018 sees Kieron-Connor join the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh Festival in the roles of Didymus in Theodora and Tolomeo in Julius Caesar with Bury Court Opera.


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DateDetails
08/03/2018

Giulio Cesare
Role: Tolomeo
Conductor: Dane Lam / Camerata Alma Viva
Bury Court Opera, Hampshire, England. 18:30.

10/03/2018

Giulio Cesare
Role: Tolomeo
Conductor: Dane Lam / Camerata Alma Viva
Bury Court Opera, Hampshire, England. 16:45.

13/03/2018

Giulio Cesare
Role: Tolomeo
Conductor: Dane Lam / Camerata Alma Viva
Bury Court Opera, Hampshire, England. 16:45.

15/03/2018

Giulio Cesare
Role: Tolomeo
Conductor: Dane Lam / Camerata Alma Viva
Bury Court Opera, Hampshire, England. 16:45.

17/03/2018

Giulio Cesare
Role: Tolomeo
Conductor: Dane Lam / Camerata Alma Viva
Bury Court Opera, Hampshire, England. 16:45.

31/03/2018

Theodora
Aldeburgh Festival
Role: Didymus
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England. 19:00.

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
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
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamOberon
Dove FlightRefugee
Handel Guilio CesareTolomeo
Handel TheodoraDidymus
Monteverdi Il ritorno in patri d’UlisseL'humana Fragilita
Mozart MitridateFarnace
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Oberon
Dove
Flight
Refugee
Handel
Guilio Cesare
Tolomeo
Handel
Theodora
Didymus
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.
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.

This Artist Biography was last updated on 6 November 2017. It is our policy to update biographies every six months. If this information is to be used after 6 May 2018 please contact us and we shall be delighted to supply you with the latest version by return.