Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of Americaâ€™s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, as well as the most illustrious orchestras on the North American continent, and at the Ravinia, Vail, and Saratoga festivals.
Kevin Deasâ€™ exciting 2019-20 season includes performances of Mozartâ€™s Requiem with the Eugene Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Orchestra Iowa, and National Philharmonic & Chorale, Stravinskyâ€™s Pulcinella with the Florida Orchestra, Handelâ€™s Messiah with the National Cathedral, Saint-Saensâ€™ Henry VII with Odyssey Opera of Boston, Verdiâ€™s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and Rhode Island Philharmonic, Beethovenâ€™s Symphony No. 9 with the Pacific Symphony and Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Mahlerâ€™s Symphony No. 8 with the Pacific Symphony, William Waltonâ€™s FaĂ§ade at the Virginia Arts Festival, Bernsteinâ€™s Songfest and the premiere of Daniel Kidaneâ€™s Dream Song with the Seattle Symphony, selections from Gershwin with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, selections from musicals Les Miserables, Show Boat, and Ragtime with Providence Singers, in â€śThe Spiritual in White America,â€ť a presentation of black spirituals transformed for the white concert stage by Harry Burleigh and Nathaniel Dett, at the Phillips Collection, and a Christmas concert with the Portland Symphony.
2018-19 season highlights include performances of Beethovenâ€™s Symphony No. 9 with Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgarâ€™s Dream of Gerontius with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Porgy and Bess with the Florida Orchestra, performances of Handelâ€™s Messiah with the National Cathedral and Virginia Symphony, Bachâ€™s St. John Passion with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Joe Horowitzâ€™s â€śDvorak in Americaâ€ť project with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Verdiâ€™s Requiem with the National Philharmonic. Kevin Deas has also performed as a soloist in Beethovenâ€™s Missa Solemnis with VoxAmaDeus, in Mozartâ€™s Requiem with Boston Baroque, Handelâ€™s Messiah at the National Cathedral, and Bachâ€™s St. Matthew Passion at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (NYC). He also sang the title role in Porgy and Bess with Duisberg Phiharmoniker; in Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and in a tour of Asia with the Pacific Symphony; sings in Bernsteinâ€™s Wonderful Town with the Seattle Symphony; and is soloist with the Delaware and El Paso symphony orchestras, and with the PostClassical Ensemble, with which he was Artist in Residence.
Other recent successes include Messiah with the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and National Cathedral; Vaughn Williamsâ€™ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Richmond Symphony, Verdiâ€™s Requiem with the Virginia Symphony, Pucciniâ€™s Messa di Gloria with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Waltonâ€™s Belshazzarâ€™s Feast with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Elgarâ€™s The Dream of Gerontius with the Jacksonville Symphony, Haydnâ€™s Lord Nelson Mass with Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Mozartâ€™s Requiem with VoxAmaDeus, â€śThe Trumpet Shall Soundâ€ť with the PostClassical Ensemble, and Rachmaninoffâ€™s The Bells with JoAnn Falletta at SUNY Potsdam.
He has performed Verdiâ€™s Requiem with the Richmond and Winnipeg symphonies and the National Philharmonic,; Messiah with Boston Baroque, the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle and Kansas City symphonies, the National Philharmonic, and at the Warsaw Easter Festival; Mozartâ€™s Requiem with the Alabama and Vermont symphonies; Bachâ€™s St. Matthew Passion with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Oratorio Society of New York; St. John Passion with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and Orquesta SinfĂłnica Nacional de Mexico; Ravelâ€™s Lâ€™enfant et les sortilĂ¨ges with the New York Philharmonic; and Coplandâ€™s Old American Songs with the Chicago and Columbus symphonies.
A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italyâ€™s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menottiâ€™s Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composerâ€™s eighty-fifth birthday, recorded on video for international release. He also performed the world premieres of Derek Bermelâ€™s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hannibal Lokumbeâ€™s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. His twenty-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in performances of To Hope! He performed Brubeckâ€™s Gates of Justice in a gala performance in New York.
Kevin Deas recorded Wagnerâ€™s Die Meistersinger (Decca/London) with the Chicago Symphony under the late Sir Georg Solti, and VarĂ¨seâ€™s Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include Bachâ€™s Mass in B Minor and Handelâ€™s Acis and Galatea (Vox Classics); Dave Brubeckâ€™s To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society (Telarc); and Haydnâ€™s Die SchĂ¶pfung with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque (Linn Records). DvorĂˇk in America (Naxos), features Mr. Deas in the world premiere recording of DvorĂˇkâ€™s â€śHiawatha Melodramaâ€ť and the composerâ€™s own arrangement of â€śGoinâ€™ Homeâ€ť with the PostClassical Ensemble.