Kevin Deas has gained international renown 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, Pacific Symphony, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Hartford, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah, and Vancouver, and at the Ravinia, Vail and Saratoga festivals.


Posted: Nov-10-2016
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Bass-baritone Kevin Deas discusses his upbringing, Dave Brubeck and more with Philly's Lyric Fest.
Posted: Mar-1-2013
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The centrepiece of this programme is the first ever recording of the Hiawatha Melodrama, a concert work for narrator and orchestra designed to show the kinship between Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha, which Dvořák said had inspired him in the symphony. It takes music from the symphony, as well as passages from the American Suite and Violin Sonatina, and fuses them with the poem, which is recited by a bass-baritone. Also included is music by Arthur Farwell, who was influenced by Dvořák, and was a proponent of Native American music. This recording thus celebrates the crosscurrent of influences between the Czech composer and American music and culture.

Posted: Jun-1-2014
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"Deas, who has garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Porgy in Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess,” was a superb speaker, with a delivery that rang with drama and conviction. His singing was marvelous, with an exceptionally compelling rendering of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” sung a cappella, and the hymn “Goin’ Home,” accompanied by the RSO. I would have loved to hear him sing more."

— The Morning Call
Posted: May-10-2016
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Posted: Oct-19-2012