Kenneth Tarver is considered to be one of the outstanding belcanto tenore-di-grazia of his generation, acknowledged for his beauty of tone, virtuosic technique, extensive and even vocal range, coupled with an attractive and elegant stage presence.
He has appeared in prestigious opera houses, including the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opéra Comique in Paris, Theatre de La Monnaie in Brussels, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Teatro San Carlo in Naples and the Festival in Aix-en-Provence, cultivating an impressive repertoire of both well-known and seldom-performed masterpieces from baroque through the classical, bel canto and contemporary repertoire. Mr. Tarver regularly collaborated with conductors such as: Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Alberto Zedda, Ricardo Chailly, Carlo Rizzi, Bobby McFerrin, Frans Brüggen.
Mr. Tarver recently performed Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera Australia in Sydney and Berlin; Bach’s Magnificat with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini in Wroclaw; Hasse's Leucippo in Koln; Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette in Seattle and at the Edinburgh Festival; Honnegger’s Le roi David, Idomeno (concert version) and Johannes-Passion in Stuttgart; Bianca e Falliero and Sigismondo at the Rossini Opera Festival di Bad Wildbad; Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni (recorded by Sony) in Dortmund and St. Petersburg with the Perm Opera and Teodor Currentzis; Messiah in Dresden with the Dresdner Philharmonie; Mass in B minor with the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich and Baden-Baden; Die Zauberflöte in Antwerpen; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Seattle.
Amongst his future plans it is worth mentioning: Lucio Silla in Madrid; Berlioz’ Requiem and Stravinsky’s Perséphone in Seattle; La Finta Giardiniera in Zurich.
As a favored recording artist Mr. Tarver has an impressive recording catalogue and he holds two Grammy’s. He recorded for Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Opera Rara, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos.