Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and studied with David Lowe. This season, he continues with the second year of his M. Mus course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, studying with Adrian Thompson. This season, he also joins Glyndebourne Touring Opera to cover the role of Mago Cristiano in Handel’s Rinaldo for their autumn tour. During his time at the RNCMD he performed L’humana fragilita in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patri, conducted by Roger Hamilton, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Andrew Greenwood and Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, conducted by Roger Hamilton.
In 2018 Kieron joined the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh Festival in the role of Didymus in Theodora.
During summer 2017 Kieron recorded the soundtrack to a new Welsh opera film, commissioned by Welsh National Opera and S4C and composed by Stephen McNeff, based on the life of the 1st World War poet, Hedd Wyn.
Performance highlights to date include a recital of Renaissance and Baroque song at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea as part of the London Master Class Series, a UK tour with the Military Wives and his début at the BBC Proms as The Lost Boy in The Water Diviners Tale, conducted by David Charles Abell.
In concert, Kieron has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, conducted by Ian Chesworth at St. Michael and All Saints Church, Macclesfield, Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Owen Roberts at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham, Jenkins’ The Armed Man, conducted by Owen Roberts at William Aston Hall, Wrexham, Orff’s Carmina Burana, conducted by Richard Lea at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, conducted by John Powell at the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall.
2018 was a very successful year for Kieron in competitions, winning the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year, the Douglas Rees Memorial Young Opera Singer of the Year at the Milford Haven Music Festival and the Dunraven Welsh Young Singer. Other awards include the titles of Southport Singer of the Year, Liverpool Singer of the Year, The Stiwt Young Singer of the Year and Liverpool’s Most Promising Singer of the Year Award.
Kieron-Connor is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund.
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