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Roderic Keating (Tenor)

Born: December 14, 1941 - Maidenhead. Berkshire, England.

The English tenor, Roderic Maurice Keating, studied Classics Exhibition at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 1960. He first worked as a teacher, then had as a radio announcer. He studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Eric Greene. He obtained his BA, Music Tripos degree in 1963, and his MA degree in 1967 from the Cambridge University; his MMus degree from Yale University in New Haven (Connecticut), USA) in 1965 (singing with Benjamin de Loache); his Doctor of Musical Arts from the the University of Texas in USA in 1970 (with Willa Stewart). His honours include: Ford International Fellowship (1963), Fulbright Scholarship (1963); University Fellowship from the University of Texas (1967-1970).

Roderic Keating made his debut in 1970 at Houston Grand Opera, Texas as as Nathanael in Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach. He performed with the Glyndebourne Touring and Festival Opera in 1971-1973; Theater an der Wien (Freddy in My Fair Lady) in 1971 (his European debut). His career then took place mainly in West Germany. He had permanent contracts at Stadttheater of Lübeck from 1972 to 1974, Staatstheater of Saarbrücken from 1974 to 1980, Opera House of Wuppertal from 1980 to 1986 (where he sang in 1983 in a production of Friedrich Meyer-Oertel his first Loge in Rheingold), Stadttheater of Bonn from 1986 to 1989, and Staatsoper Stuttgart since 1989. He has performed at such music festivals as Interlaken Festspiel (1975), Salzburg Festival (1986), Edinburgh Festival, Vienna Festival and Schwetzingen Festival (1990), and has been a guest in Kassel, Nuremberg, Hamburg (Staatsoper), Düsseldorf, etc., as well as in Tbilisi, USSR (1976), Wiesbaden (1977), Grand Opera in Paris (1981), London Coliseum (1982), Warsaw (1983), the Opera of Cologne (1985), Covent Garden Opera in London (1988), Moscow (1989),. Bologna, Trieste, and Tel Aviv.

Roderic Keating has sung over 80 roles as lyric and buffo tenor, including Idamante in Mozartís Idomeneo, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville by Rossini, Dormont in La scala di seta, also by Rossini, Baron Kronthal in Wildschütz by Lortzing, Eisenstein in Fledermaus by J. Strauss and Gandhi in Satyagraha by Phil Glass. He attracted international attention in the role of Piet vom Fass in Ligetiís Le grand Macabre. That was followed by many productions of contemporary operas, including works by Philip Glass, Udo Zimmermann (world premiere of the opera Die wundersame Schustersfrau at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1982), and Hans Werner Henze (Tiresias in The Bassarids). In 1997 he sang in Tel Aviv next to Anja Silja, the first tenor role in Kurt Weillís Seven Deadly Sins.

Roderic Keating teaches and also performs in a broad repertoire as an oratorio singer and as a soloist with important orchestras in Europe and North America. He has performed in concerts and radio recordings for BBC, Bavarian Radio, SWF and SDR in West Germany; Oratorio and church concerts in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland and West Germany.

Publications: The Songs of Frank Bridge (1970); Contributor To: Musical Times; Musical Opinion. Memberships: British Actors Equity, American Guild of Musical Artists. Hobbies: Tennis; Photography; Cross Country Skiing. Roderic Keating married Martha Kathryn Post on Augusr 31, 1968, and they has one daughter (as of 1992/1993).

Source: Operissimo Website; English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2012); Wergo Website; International Who's Who in Music & Musicians' Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Keating, Roderic M (Wergo)

WNMF 2006 Programm: Roderic Keating [German]

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