Kevin Deas


Kevin Deas

Appears on: George Gershwin: 125th Celebration with the Oregon Symphony

Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, having performed it with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and Florida Orchestra and at the Ravinia, Vail, and Saratoga festivals. He has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the Eugene Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Alabama Symphony; Handel’s Messiah for the National Cathedral, Boston Baroque, The Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Houston Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Pacific Symphony and Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Chicago and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. Other recent highlights include performances with the Dallas, Portland, and Virginia symphony orchestras, the San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix, Colorado, Omaha, and Jacksonville symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

A proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Deas has performed Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. He enjoyed a 20-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

Kevin Deas has recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Decca/London) with the Chicago Symphony and Georg Solti and Varèse’s Ecuatorial with the Asko Ensemble and Riccardo Chailly. Other releases include J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Vox Classics), Dave Brubeck’s To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society (Telarc), Haydn’s The Creation with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque (Linn Records), and Dvorák in America (Naxos).