Kevin Anderson (tenor)

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Kevin Paul Anderson is an American operatic tenor. He has had a national and international singing career since the late 1980s, and in 1988 appeared as Don Alvar alongside Placido Domingo and Shirley Verrett in the San Francisco Opera's televised production of L'Africaine.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Moline, Illinois, Anderson began singing as a member of the Moline Boys Choir. After a move in 1976 to Denver during his High School years, he continued his vocal studies and made his professional debut at 19 with Central City Opera. He earned a bachelor's degree in music performance from University of Wyoming and graduate studies at the University of North Texas.[2] He was an intern with the San Francisco Opera in the Merola program in 1983 and 1984 and became an Adler Fellow in 1989.[2][3] He was a Metropolitan Opera Competition finalist and a grantee of the Sullivan Foundation.[citation needed]


Anderson has performed with many leading opera companies worldwide, including in productions of Street Scene, Countess Maritza, Falstaff, La rondine, and Jenůfa. In 1994 he performed the title role of Candide at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the American stage premiere of Bernstein's 1989 revised opera-house version; Allan Kozinn of the New York Times lauded his performance, stating "Kevin Anderson made Candide's slow, naively soul-baring arias pictures of lyrical grace."[4] Anderson also toured the U.S. with Faye Dunaway in Terrence McNally's Master Class,[5][6] and opened the Edinburgh Festival in Show Boat under John McGlinn.


Anderson's recordings include:

Personal life[edit]

Anderson lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is married to soprano Jami Rogers-Anderson.


  1. ^ a b L'Africaine (1988) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d Smith, Craig (27 August 1999). "Kevin Anderson puts new spin on the word 'tenor'". The Santa Fe New Mexican. ProQuest. Retrieved 3 December 2014. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Kosman, Joshua (3 August 1995). "A Fizzy Maritza In Santa Fe / Theater planning to come in out of the rain by '98". SFGate. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  4. ^ Kozinn, Allan (25 June 1994). "Review/Opera; A Dive Into Depression, Then Up With Candide". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Faye Dunaway returns to L.A. in Master Class". Playbill.
  6. ^ Klein, Alvin (19 October 1997). "The Teacher as Star of the Class". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  7. ^ Holland, Bernard (19 September 1988). "Review/Opera; Meyerbeer in San Francisco". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  8. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (7 January 1995). "Recordings – Weisgall's Six Characters in Search of an Author". Opera News (59). Metropolitan Opera Guild via ProQuest. Retrieved 3 December 2014. (subscription required)
  9. ^ A Little Night Music, 1990 New York City Opera Production, The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide
  10. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (16 September 1995). "This tenor is slim and sexy". Times Colonist. ProQuest. Retrieved 3 December 2014. (subscription required)
  11. ^ Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall on IMDb

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