American bass-baritone Kevin Short (’89, voice/opera), who joins the Juilliard voice faculty in the fall of 2021, sings around the globe in repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi’s L’Coronazione di Poppea to Verdi’s Attila, Bizet’s Carmen, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer.
His North America appearances include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Pacific, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Sarasota Opera Company, Spoleto Opera Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Opera de las Americas.
His European and Asian credits include appearances with multiple opera companies, orchestras, and festivals. They include Opera Comique (Paris), Welsh National Opera, Kazan State Theater-Russia, Theatre Caen, Grand Theatre du Luxembourg, Oper der Stadt Köln, Semperoper Dresden, Stadttheater Stuttgart, Theater Aachen, Theater Basel, Theater Bern, Theater St. Gallen, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Teatro di Catania, Teatro di San Carlo, Maggio Musicale, Savonlinna Festival-Finland; Bregenzer Festspiele-Austria, Baden-Baden Festspiele-Germany, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence-France, Festival Montpellier-France, l’Opéra de Rouen-France, l’Opéra de Reims-France, Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan, and festivals in Beijing, China; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Granada, Valencia, Gran Canaria, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Short also has an active concert and recital schedule and has performed with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Handel and Haydn Orchestra-Boston, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony, Netherlands Filharmonisch Orkest, Swiss and Italian RAI Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Marseille Philharmonie, Gulbenkian Orchestra-Lisbon, Portugal, Parma Reggio Emilia Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic, Transylvania Symphony, Thüringen Symphony Orchestra-Germany, Jena Symphony-Germany, Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russia, Omsk Philharmonic-Russia, Siberian State Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Hiroshima Symphony, the Kazan Symphony for the opening of the Universiade Games in Kazan, Russia, and the Winter Olympics (Nagano, Japan) Festival Orchestra in 1998.
Short received his training at Morgan State University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard’s American Opera Center. While attending these institutions, he was a prizewinner in numerous competitions and garnered many awards. Highlights include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Internazionale Concorso per Voce Verdiane, Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, Bruce Yarnell Competition for Basses and Baritones, Liederkranz Competition, and awards from the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, Shoshana Foundation, and George London Foundation. His solo CD on the Pentatone label, Mephistopheles and Other Bad Guys, was listed by WQXR as one of the outstanding classical recordings of 2018. His other recordings include Otello (Pentatone), the Grammy-nominated L’enfant et les Sortileges and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Naxos), The Death of Webern (Albany), and Don Carlo with the Metropolitan Opera (Sony Classics). Upcoming releases include Porgy and Bess (San Francisco Classical Recording Company).