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Wade Kernot

Bass

Management: Australasia

Website: http://www.operasingers.co.nz

“Figaro” The Marriage of Figaro
NBR New Zealand Opera
“Wade Kernot’s Figaro was nice mixture of the quick thinking and naïve, singing with a commendable natural ease. His “Bravo signor padrone” where he sings about the Counts designs on his future wife was sung with a mixture of agitation, bitterness and thoughtfulness which hints at the upper class / lower class divide which is at the core of the opera.”
National Business Review June 2010

The Lindberg flight and Seven deadly sins
Opera de Lyon IFANZ 2008
"Wade Kernot delivers a star turn as a malevolent spirit who assails Lindbergh from below, encouraging him to give in to sleep. Kernot gives a suitably seductive performance, his warm voice round and resonant and with lots of character, with the requisite Weillian “bite" ...
Theaterview 2008

"Sarastro" The Magic Flute
"Sarastro was an imposing figure. Wade Kernot's velvety bass commanded attention as it ought.
He shows enormous potential in this role to which he gave great gravitas." 
Opera Opera Magazine December 2006

"Don Alfonso" Così fan tutte
"Don Alfonso is a pivotal character who can become a tiresome meddler. But Wade Kernot, at only 25, gave a remarkably assured performance. He is a genuine Bass who uses his voice skilfully to create mood. There was always a twinkle in his eye, making the final resolution somewhat more believable than is frequently the case. His Soave trio with the two women was delicately shaded and was a beguiling moment."
Opera Opera Magazine December 2005

As a founding member of Opera Factory, Wade Kernot performed roles in Orpheus in the Underworld, Cheryomushki and A Christmas Carol In 2003, he joined the NBR New Zealand Opera for productions of Boris Godounov and Tosca. He also performed the role of the Speaker and Sarastro in productions of Die Zauberflöte and was a PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist at the NBR New Zealand Opera. 

Wade has appeared as a soloist in many concert performances with the New Zealand Symphony, and Vector Wellington and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras, and held a principal position with the Australian Opera Studio in Perth, later graduating with honours. During his two-year contract, his performances included Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), the title role (Elijah), Crespel, Luther, and Coppelius (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Colas (Bastien und Bastienne), Comte des Grieux (Manon) and Sarastro. He then pursued further studies at the National Opera Studio in London and attended the Solti/Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto and the Verbier Festival Opera Studio. Wade was awarded the 2008 Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Music Performance, and was a semi-finalist representing NZ in both the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Neue Stimmen, in Germany, as well as a runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest. 

From 2010-2015 Wade held a full-time principal position at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland, where his roles included Monterone (Rigoletto), the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zuniga, Père Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Jacopo Loredano (I due Foscari), Wotan (Siegfried) in concert, Truffaldino, Il Pedone di Schnals (La Wally), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Melisso (Alcina), Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust), Sarastro, Sprecher, Erster Priester and Zweiter Geharnischter (Die Zauberflöte), Sam (Un Ballo in Maschera), the main bass roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Frank (Die Fledermaus) Comte des Grieux, 1st Nazarene (Salome), and Handwerkbursche (Wozzeck).

Wade has also covered Pogner and sung the role of Nachtwächter (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the Tirolean Festspiele in Erl. 

Other engagements have included the bass role in Stravinsky's Pulcinella for the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany; the bass roles in the IFANZ/Opera de Lyon season of a Kurt Weill double bill; Colline (La Bohème), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Marchese (La Traviata) and Sciarrone (Tosca) for New Zealand Opera; Ferrando (Il trovatore), Speaker (The Magic Flute) and Zuniga (Carmen) for Southern Opera, New Zealand. 

Wade’s 2016 engagements will include the role of Fred in a new work by Ross Harris (libretto by Vincent O’Sullivan), Brass Poppies, for New Zealand Festival in both Wellington and Auckland,  Arthur (The Riders) and Nourabad (The Pearl Fishers) for West Australian Opera, and Sarastro for New Zealand Opera. 

Wade Kernot is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
April 2016
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