Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Kevin Deas


Kevin Deas has gained international acclaim as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having performed it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Calgary, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco, Utah, and Vancouver, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals. He repeats the role in concert to open the Seattle Symphony’s 2013-14 Pops Season.

Kevin Deas’ other engagements during the 2013-14 season include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Boston Baroque, Calgary Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, and North Carolina Symphony; Mozart’s Grand Mass with Vox Ama Deus; Verdi’s Requiem with the Richmond Symphony, National Philharmonic, and Winnipeg Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and National Philharmonic; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Oratorio Society of New York and St John Passion with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Vermont Symphony; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony.

Mr. Deas has appeared in concert with major orchestras throughout North America. His recent performances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Pacific Symphony, and Richmond Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, the Cleveland Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, National Philharmonic, and Seattle Symphony; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Boston Baroque; Mozart’s Reqiuem and Fauré’s Requiem with the Vermont Symphony; Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico; Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the New York Philharmonic; and Copland’s Old American Songs and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Chicago Symphony.

A strong proponent of contemporary music, Kevin Deas was heard at Italy’s Spoleto Festival in a new production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in honor of the composer's eighty-fifth birthday, which was videotaped for worldwide release. He has also performed the world premieres of Derek Bermel’s The Good Life with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks with the Detroit Symphony. His twenty-year collaboration with the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in To Hope!, and he performed Brubeck’s Gates of Justice in a gala performance in New York during the 1995-96 season.

Kevin Deas has recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger for Decca/London with the Chicago Symphony under the late Sir Georg Solti and Varèse's Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble under the baton of Ricardo Chailly. Other releases include Bach's Mass in B-minor and Handel's Acis and Galatea on Vox Classics; Dave Brubeck's To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society on the Telarc label; and Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Virginia Symphony and Boston Baroque for Linn Records.