‘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 pursues a busy freelance career at home and abroad and sings frequently as a soloist in baroque chamber music and oratorio. Recent performances include Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres, Bach Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion, B minor Mass, cantatas BWV 78, 106, 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. Aisling 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. She is a devoted song recitalist and loves singing with lute, fortepiano and guitar. Highlights this season include a lute song recital with Thomas Dunford in Paris during an Artistic Residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, supported by Music Network and a travel and training grant from the Arts Council, a recital of Clara Schumann’s Lieder with Cecily Lock in Oxford and several concerts with the newly formed baroque group, Ensemble Revelare,
A keen ensemble singer, Aisling sings with several groups including Resurgam, Chamber Choir Ireland, Sestina and Crux and has sung with Collegium Vocale Gent, Ensemble Marsyas and Atalante. 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.
Aisling enjoys giving public singing workshops and has several private vocal students. She is a part-time lecturer in music at DCU and vocal coach to the choirs of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum in Galway.
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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