‘Irish soprano Aisling Kenny showed off a glorious top register, crystal clear and ringing, delighting the audience.’ Eastbourne Herald
Irish soprano, Aisling Kenny, is a soloist and ensemble singer, specialising in early music and art song. She performs regularly at home in Ireland, and has sung in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the USA. She sings frequently as a soloist in baroque chamber music and oratorio: recent performances include Couperin Leçons de ténèbres, Bach Matthäus-Passion, B minor Mass, cantatas BWV 78, 140 and 202, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Il duello amoroso and Armida abbandonata. She has sung as a soloist with Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny, Marlborough Baroque, The Orchestra of St Cecilia, Linden Baroque and the Staatskapelle Halle and with numerous choirs and choral societies. An active recitalist of Lieder and lute song, Aisling has presented recitals in Basel, Oxford and all over Ireland. She has performed as a soloist in several festivals including the Galway Early Music Festival, Sligo Baroque Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and New Music Dublin. An experienced ensemble singer, she is a member of Chamber Choir Ireland, Resurgam, and Crux Vocal Ensemble and has sung with Ensemble Marsyas, Sestina, Atalante, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Charles Wood Singers and was a lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Dublin. She was recently awarded an Artistic Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for spring 2019, supported by Music Network.
Aisling studied music at Maynooth University, and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, with Evelyn Tubb. She has participated in master classes with Paul Farrington, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby, Christine Schäfer and Andreas Scholl. In Basel, she also had opportunity to work with David Blunden, Paul Triepels, Gerd Türk and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher. She continues to study with Ulrich Messthaler in Basel.
Aisling regularly gives public singing workshops and is vocal coach to the choirs of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum in Galway and a part-time lecturer at DCU. She has experience in choral and musical theatre direction and has adjudicated national singing competitions.
Aisling completed a PhD in musicology in 2010 at Maynooth University under the supervision of Prof. Lorraine Byrne Bodley. Research specialisms include the relationship between music and text across genres and eras and women and the nineteenth-century Lied. She is co-editor of Women and the Nineteenth-Century Lied (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015) with Susan Wollenberg.
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