With a sound combining clarity, strength, and integrity, Kirk Dougherty is one of the most exciting voices entering the opera circuit today. His expressivity and commitment to both musical and dramatic interpretation has earned him continuous appearances as a leading tenor since he began a serious foray into the repertoire just six years ago. Of his recent performance in Tosca, the San Jose Mercury New exclaimed, 'Kirk Dougherty shined... The unique timbre and expression of his handsome voice, coupled with refined, satisfying phrasing, provided noteworthy, heartfelt performances of 'Recondita armonia' and 'E lucevan le stelle,' two of the treasured arias of the repertoire."
This performance as Cavaradossi marked his debut of the role, sung as part of his 2015-16 season at Opera San Jose, where he also performed the roles of Don José in Carmen and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Other appearances this season included a return to Anchorage Opera as Don Jose (Carmen) and the Verdi Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society.
Dougherty's first performance at Opera San Jose was part of their 2014-15 season, where he was seen as the Duke in Rigoletto, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Philip in the world premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread by Mark Weiser. Mid-season, he performed the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Anchorage Opera, where he previously sang the roles of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Joseph Treate in the world premiere of Victoria Bond's Mrs. President.
Previous season include his company debates with Sarasota Opera in the role of Manrico in Il Trovatore, the American Symphony Orchestra portraying Aaron in Bruch's oratorio Moses at Carnegie Hall, the Glacier Symphony performing Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Salt Marsh Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and the title role in Faust for Opera Louisiane. Additional roles performed include Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann, Alfredo in La Traviata, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutti, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'amore, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, among others.
For the 2016-17 season, Kirk returns to Opera San Jose for his final season as a Resident Artist, where he will perform the roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Sprink in the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts, Silent Night.