Winner of the 2019 Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan award, Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he studied with David Lowe. During his time at the RNCM 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 most recently Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, conducted by Roger Hamilton.
This season, Kieron joined the Master of Music Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.
In 2018 Kieron-Connor 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 world premiere of The Water Diviners Tale, conducted by David Charles Abell.
In concert, Kieron-Connor 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.
Recent competition success includes the 2018 Douglas Rees Memorial Young Opera Singer of the Year and the 2018 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer. Over the years, he has won the titles of Southport Singer of the Year; Liverpool Singer of the Year; The Stiwt Young Singer of the Year; Liverpool’s Most Promising Singer of the Year Award and most recently the 2018 Dunraven Welsh Singer of the Year, 2018 Douglas Rees Memorial Opera Singer of the Year & 2018 Morriston Orpheus Welsh Singer of the Year
Kieron-Connor is kindly supported by The Tillett Trust, The Kathleen Trust, Help Musicians UK, Counter of Munster Awards and Opera Awards Foundation - to all of whom he is very grateful.
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