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REVIEWS

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia, 2016

"Helena ( Leah Partridge ) and Demetrius (Dan Kempson ) had considerable projection ... They were also the most committed actors."

"Mejoró asimismo después. Helena (Leah Partridge) y Demetrius (Dan Kempson) lucieron una proyección considerable ... Todos ellos fueron, además, entregadísimos actores."

     - Rosa Sola, Valencia CulturPlaza

 

La Bohème, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, 2016

"Kempson’s sumptuous baritone gave Marcello a depth Puccini may not have envisioned for the struggling painter."

     - Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News

 

The Winter's Tale, Quantum Theatre, 2015

"Dan Kempson, playing Florizel, was one of the more musical performers, and his noble baritone typified the pride of a young love."

     - Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

As One, West Edge Opera, 2015

"In “Entire of Itself,” Kempson brought staggering pathos to a scene that could have otherwise dragged; his many high passages throughout the show sounded effortless."

     - Rebecca Wishnia, San Francisco Classical Voice

 

The Snow Dragon, Skylight Music Theatre, 2015

"Baritone Dan Kempson plays Billy's antagonist in both worlds — his mother's thuggish, belt-wielding boyfriend in Florida, and the whipcracking Ringmaster in the frozen realm. As the boyfriend, Kempson sings with menace to the wounded Billy in a hospital bed — all the more chilling because Kempson sings so beautifully. I hope we get to hear him in a bigger role one day."

     - Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal

 

"L'orestie d'Eschyle", NAXOS, 2014 - Grammy Nominee, Best Opera

"One of the Top Recordings of the Year"

    - Alex Ross, The New Yorker

 

"Milhaud's Orestes, a victim of divine proscription rather than an obsessive avenger, is a far nobler figure than his namesakes in Elektra or Ermione, and Dan Kempson's performance is admirably restrained in its dignity ... an extraordinary achievement, and utterly mesmerizing."

    - Tim Ashley, Opera Magazine (UK)

 

Carmen, Santa Fe Opera, 2014

"Dan Kempson and Noah Baetge were thoroughly scuzzy as Dancaïre and Remendado ..."

    - Simon Williams, Opera News

 

​"Carmen’s smuggler friends were a charismatic and well-cast group, with Amanda Opuszynski as Frasquita, Sarah Larsen as Mercédès, Dan Kempson as Le Dancaïre and Noah Baetge as Le Remendado."

   - Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

 

Silent Night, Fort Worth Opera, 2014

​"Kevin Newell and Dan Kempson were commanding figures ... their vocal delivery - especially Kempson's resonant baritone - was as smooth as aged scotch."

   - William Spiegelman, Opera News

 

"Dan Kempson's beefy baritone suits the Scottish commander Lt. Gordon ..."

   - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

 

Hydrogen Jukebox, Skylight Music Theatre, 2014

"Ginsberg himself is represented chiefly by a singer who is considerably taller, blonder, and more clean-cut than the shaggy poet could have ever been (not that he’d likely object). Baritone Dan Kempson, for all his boy-next-door good looks, takes the beat rebel to heart, glaring defiantly into the audience. feverishly laying pen to paper, grinning naughtily as he strips down to briefs ..."

   - Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Examiner (examiner.com)

 

L'orestie, University Musical Society of Ann Arbor, 2013

​"Orestes [was] handsomely sung by the baritone Dan Kempson."

   - George Loomis, Financial Times (London)

 

Sumeida's Song, Prototype Festival, 2013

​"It was overwhelming to be so close to the emotional singing of the impressive cast ... Dan Kempson, a strong lyric baritone, brings a touching blend of poignancy and exasperation to Alwan."

    - Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

 

Carmina Burana, Wichita Symphony, 2012

"The soloists each possessed splendid voices.  Baritone Dan Kempson had a wonderfully rich, yet strikingly clear tone ."

     - David Baxter, The Wichita Eagle

Hydrogen Jukebox, Fort Worth Opera, 2011

"Creeping, dancing, flinging themselves, the singers put on heroic performances. With understated amplification to equalize voices wherever they turn, they also with handsome tones and uncanny pitch accuracy.  Dan Kempson's gorgeous baritone was a clear standout, and Abercrombie & Fitch looks won't hurt his career."

    - Scott Cantrell, Opera (UK)



Rinaldo, Pittsburgh Opera, 2011

"Dan Kempson was outstanding as Argante, singing with striking power and tonal luster."

    - Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



Merola Grand Finale, Merola Opera Program, 2010

"In Thomas' Hamlet ... [was] Dan Kempson singing the title role in a rich voice, displaying artistry that brought to mind a young Thomas Hampson's Hamlet."

    - Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice



Schwabacher Summer Concert, Merola Opera Program, 2010

"The evening concluded with a wonderful excerpt from The Merry Wives of Windsor ... [Kevin Thompson's Falstaff] was joined by baritone Dan Kempson as Fluth, a singer whose onstage presence was matched by a fluid and handsomely burnished tone."

    - Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle



The Rape of Lucretia, Pittsburgh Opera, 2010

"Dan Kempson's Tarquinius ... puts his lyrical baritone to good use in the bel canto lines of 'Within this frail crucible of light'."

    - Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

VIDEO

Paper Route, from Kaminsky's 'As One', West Edge Opera

LIVE performance 2015

Mein Sehnen, mein Wâhnen (Die tote Stadt)

Recorded 2014

Discography

Ronaldo Cabral

John Musto's Later The Same Evening

Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre

Michael Barrett, conductor

Recorded December 2009

Released April 2010

Available on Amazon & iTunes

Oreste

Darius Milhaud's Oresteia of Aschylus

University Musical Society, U. of Michigan

w/ Brenda Rae, Lori Phillips, Julianna Di Giacomo, Tamara Mumford,Jennifer Lane & Sidney Outlaw

Recorded April 2013

Released Sept 9, 2014 on NAXOS

Available on Amazon and iTunes

Kepler, Spoleto Festival USA

Rinaldo, Pittsburgh Opera

The Rape of Lucretia, Pittsburgh Opera