Coming from the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales, baritone Aaron Kendall has recently graduated from the Vocal and Operatic course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours, where he was under the tutelage of Welsh baritone Gwion Thomas.
Aaron has musical roots lying in musical theatre and string ensembles. He studied viola from the age of 8 and piano from the age of 12, and from this he developed a love for vocal performance. With a range of musical interests, these triggered a passion in vocal music and technique which encouraged him to gain a better understanding of different singing styles and abilities. Aaron went on to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2016 where he has received coaching sessions and masterclasses with Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside, James Platt, Robin Bowman, Paul Wingfield, to name a few.
Aaron keeps strong connections with his musical theatre roots. He provides performance coaching as well as being a musical director and accompanist working with amateur groups and small companies. He has recently been involved with productions of Little Shop of Horrors, The Addams Family, Into the Woods and Legally Blonde. Aaron has worked with composer Joel Hall to help create new works such as The Flying Frog, The Last Christmas Tree and The Last Vampire.
Aaron has been involved with the conservatoire’s operas since his arrival in 2016, this has led to him working with many companies on a range of productions. His recent roles include Father/Other Father in Mark Anthony-Turnage's Coraline, Caliban in Jeremy Sams' The Enchanted Island, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Edmund Bertram in Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park (RBC), Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Novello), Luka in Walton’s The Bear (Dafne Opera) and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Somerset Opera). Alongside this, Aaron has also had the opportunity to explore the following roles in Opera Scenes; the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maximilian in Candide and Masetto in Don Giovanni.
Aaron has an active involvement with oratorio works in a variety of venues such as Leicester’s De Montfort Hall and Birmingham’s Town Hall. Recent concerts as a guest soloist include; Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and a variety of Mozart masses.