Emerging Artist Profile:
Kieran Foss

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Tenor
Province/Territory: British Columbia
City: Victoria

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Monostatos: The Arctic Flute

Valére: Tartuffe

How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • As with preparing any new role, my first step is to watch and listen to other productions of the opera to get a general sense of characterization and plot development. Once this is done, it is important for foreign language works to do a translation of the libretto so as to be able to have a full understanding of the text. The next step is listening through with the score to start the learning process for note and words. This foundational work will provide me a firm basis on which to develop the character and internalize the music.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • As a young, classically trained vocalist, it is important to develop experience and contacts within the industry. Opera NUOVA represents one of Canada’s top institutions from bringing together young emerging artists from all over the country and providing an opportunity and a platform for us to create art together. NUOVA also consistently produces an exceptional faculty to offer guidance in both professional and artistic development. From NUOVA, I look forward to creating new and lasting relationships with other artists, and further my own artistic growth and understanding.


 o   Education: BMus in Vocal Performance, University of Ottawa & MMus in Vocal Performance (in progress), University of Victoria

o   Mentors / Inspirations: Laurence Ewashko, Daniel Taylor, Benjamin Butterfield

o   Dream Role: Jupiter from Semele

Artist Bio     

British-born tenor, Kieran Foss, is a young emerging artist residing in Victoria, BC. Kieran is currently pursuing his masters in voice at the University of Victoria with acclaimed Canadian tenor, Benjamin Butterfield. With a bachelor of music from the University of Ottawa, Kieran originally started out in Ontario, singing with many groups such as the Opera Lyra Ottawa chorus. At the University, Kieran had his first introduction to opera solo as Don Ottavio in the University’s production of Don Giovanni. Most recently, Kieran appeared as a soloist in the University of Victoria ‘s 50th anniversary performance of Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum.