Tenor Kirk Dougherty has a thriving career in concert and opera in the United States. Opera Magazine (UK), Operapulse.com, and Opera News describe his voice as a “tenor on the rise”, an “exceptionally beautiful tenor”, and a “limitless, iridescent instrument”.
Kirk Dougherty will make his first appearance at Opera San Jose as the Duke in Rigoletto in their upcoming 2014-2015 season. He will also appear at Opera San Jose as Philip in the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread and as Tamino in Die Zauberfloete. Later in 2014, he will return to Anchorage Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, where during in 2012, he was Joseph Treat in their world premiere of Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President.
This season, Kirk Dougherty is a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in Bruch's oratorio Moses at Carnegie Hall, with Glacier Symphony in Das Lied von der Erde, with Rhode Island Civic Chorale/Orchestra in Elijah. He also sings in concert with OperaDelaware and with Helena Symphony. In December 2014, he travels to Germany as a soloist with the Munich Philharmonic and Maestro Lorin Maazel, in their concert performance of the 2013 Castleton Festival's La Fanciulla del West.
He recently made his company debut at Sarasota Opera, singing ten performances of Manrico in an uncut version of Il Trovatore. Kirk Dougherty also appears as Manrico at Baltimore Concert Opera and as Pollione (Norma) at St. Petersburg Opera. He returned to Anchorage Opera as Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and to Teatro Grattacielo, as the Eremite and covering the role of the King in Sakuntala. He appeared as Luigi (Il Tabarro) at the Buck Hill-Skytop / North Shore Music Festival. At the Castleton Festival, he appeared as Nick in La Fanciulla del West, and as Cassio and Otello in Otello.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he began his operatic training as an apprentice at Central City Opera and at Utah Festival Opera.