© Lisa Kohler
Kevin Deas (bass)
Kevin Deas has gained international acclaim as one of America’s leading basses. Lauded for his ‘burnished sound, clarity of diction and sincerity of expression’ and ‘fervent intensity’, he is acclaimed for his portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having sung it with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Diego, Utah, Houston, Baltimore and Montreal symphonies and Ravinia and Saratoga festivals. Recent highlights include St. John Passion at Winter Park Festival; Glass’ Passion of Ramakrishna with Pacific Symphony; and Beethoven’s Ninth with Richmond Symphony, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Baltimore Symphony, and Tokyo Symphony. His Messiah performances include Minnesota Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, National Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and Boston Baroque. Recent credits include Missa Solemnis at Berkshire Choral Festival, Brahms’ Requiem with Hartford Symphony, New York Philharmonic in L’enfant et les sortilèges, the world premiere of Bermel’s The Good Life with Pittsburgh Symphony, and in Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks, with Detroit Symphony. Other recent highlights include Beethoven’s Ninth with Filarmonica della Scala in Accra celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ghana, and Copland’s Old American Songs, Le nozze di Figaro and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Chicago Symphony. He sang at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors for the composer’s eighty-fifth birthday, videotaped for worldwide release. His 20-year collaboration with Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in To Hope! and in Gates of Justice.