Corey McKern continuously earns critical acclaim and accolades in every appearance he makes. “Corey McKern has all the goods to rise to star stature – timing, stamina, vocal heft and an easy-going stage presence – especially telling in Figaro’s signature aria, ‘Largo al factotum della citta.’” Engagements this season include the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Hong Kong, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with Pensacola Opera, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids. He will also perform the baritone solo in Mozart in the Jungle, a concert with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and a solo in a Holiday Pops Concert with Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Of his performance in La bohème, the Santa Fe New Mexican said, “Corey McKern’s resolute, robust-voiced and rambunctious Marcello, a perfect picture of a wannabe Parisian painter, was one of the best I’ve ever heard.” Mr. McKern is gaining attention at leading opera houses for his charming and dynamic portrayals of his signature roles: Marcello in La bohème in his Asian début at Opera Hong Kong, Santa Fe Opera, Nashville Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Nashville Opera; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Nashville Opera, Opera Cleveland, Opera Columbus, Michigan Opera Theatre, Tulsa Opera, and Syracuse Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, and Tulsa Opera; Silvio in Pagliacci with Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Central City Opera.
Prior appearances with Florentine opera include: Marcello in La bohème, and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore.