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 oratorio: recent performances include Bach Cantata BWV 202 ‘Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten’, Matthäus-Passion, B minor Mass, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, and Hasse Miserere. She has sung as a soloist with Irish Baroque Orchestra, 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 and Kilkenny Arts Festival. 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 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 and leading interpreters of Bach, 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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