Keith Klassen

Tenor

Keith Klassen

Tenor

 

Keith Klassen has emerged to become one of Canada’s busiest tenors, averaging 12 productions a season since graduating with honours from the Opera Division at the University of Toronto in 2002. He has been engaged across Canada, as well as in Scotland, Germany, the United States, Ireland and the Czech Republic. The Star Phoenix described him as having, “…a big ringing voice and great stage presence”, Classical 96.3 added, “Klassen’s voice is pure honey with its ease of high notes and the lyrical grace of his phrasing.” Opera Canada raved that his Rodolfo was “…dramatically convincing, sung with passionate sincerity ensuring the audience’s love.” John Terauds of the Toronto Star called him, “…one of the country’s most versatile artists.”, and NOW magazine’s Jon Kaplan went so far as to rate Keith as one of Toronto’s top ten theatre artists of 2006.

In the past seasons, critics and audiences alike have enthusiastically received his performances of Rodolfo (La bohème), Alfredo (La traviata), Don Jose (Carmen), the Duke (Rigoletto), Samson (Samson et Dalilah), Uriel (Haydn’s Creation) and Sopletta (Tosca). Keith has also continued his work with Tapestry New Opera Works, joining their newly formed studio company. He next appears in their production of Oksana G as Konstantin.

                                                                                                                                                                                    March 2017

 

 

Opera

Adamo            Laurie LITTLE WOMEN
Bartók Barbe Bleue BARBE BLEUE
Bizet Don José CARMEN
Britten Albert ALBERT HERRING
Daniel Waiter THE SHADOW
Estacio            Jimmy LILLIAN ALLING
Hindemith Robert

HIN UND ZURUCK

Janáček Rechtor/Komar THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
Kálmán Prince Edwin THE GYPSY PRINCESS
Lehár Count René THE COUNT OF LUXUMBOURG
Massenet Des Grieux MANON
Mozart Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Puccini            Rodolfo
Rinuccio
Ruggero
Spoletta
LA BOHÈME
GIANNI SCHICCHI
LA RONDINE
TOSCA
Ravel L’Arithmetique L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES
Rimsky-Korsakov Ivan Lykov THE TSAR’S BRIDE
Ruders Nick THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Saint-Saëns Samson SAMSON ET DALILAH
Smetana Jenik THE BARTERED BRIDE
Straus, O. Alexius

THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER

Strauss, J. Alfred DIE FLEDERMAUS
Strauss, R. Bacchus ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Sullivan Marco
Reginald Bunthorne
THE GONDOLIERS
PATIENCE
Verdi Dr. Caius
Duke
Alfredo
FALSTAFF
RIGOLETTO
LA TRAVIATA
Zeller Count Stanilaus THE BIRD SELLER

Concert

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Bruckner Te Deum
Elgar The Kingdom
Handel Messiah
Haydn Die Schöpfung
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

 

“Klassen’s voice is pure honey with its ease of high notes and the lyrical grace of his phrasing.”
            Opera Canada, Count of Luxembourg, Count Rene

“This is one of the country’s most versatile artists.”
            Toronto Star, Opera on the Rocks, Randy Scot

“Klassen, looking dashing and acting with dramatic commitment, brought a bright, clear tenor to Alfredo.”
            Opera Canada, La Traviata, Alfredo

“With his ready smile and agile physique he easily dazzled the ladies. His acting, his dancing, he was an all-round pleasure to watch.”
            Echo Germanica, Count of Luxembourg, Count Rene

“…Rodolfo (Keith Klassen) and Mimi (Amber Bishop) were dramatically convincing, singing their doomed fate with passionate sincerity…ensuring the audience would fall in love with them.”
            Opera Canada, La Boheme, Rodolfo

“…a big, ringing voice and great stage presence.”
            Star Phoenix, Carmen, Don Jose

“…sings and acts superbly well.”
            Classical 96.3, Opera To Go, the Tenor

“…brings power and tenderness.”
            Now Magazine, Opera To Go, the Tenor

“…singing and acting spot on!”
            Classical 96.3, Patience, Reginald Bunthorne

“…warm and expressive delivery.”
            Toronto Star, Gondoliers, Marco

“…Soloists were all of very high quality, notably Mirela Tafaj (Micaela), and Keith Klassen (Don Jose), who received a very warm reception from the audience.”
            Opera Canada, Carmen, Don Jose

“…rich singing voice of Keith Klassen, who has a kind of appealing Brendan Fraser quality.”
            Toronto Star, Knotty Together, Jimmy

“…Fine and exhuberant performance.”
            Now Magazine, Knotty Together, Jimmy

“…Keith Klassen also brought credibility to his characterization, managing the necessary task of appearing both challenged and sympathetic at the same time.”
            Toronto Star, Albert Herring, Albert

TAPESTY OPERA’S ‘WINTER SHORTS’
Tenor KIETH KLASSEN join Tapestry Opera in their newest offering Tapestry Briefs: Winter Shorts. A showcase of new works by the artists of the 2016 Composer-Librettist Laboratory. Performances run November 30 – December 04, 2017 at the Dancemaker’s Studios in the Historic Distillery District, Toronto.
https://tapestryopera.com/