Patrick Kilbride has observed that it's often one big break that launches a career. Now, as one of five competitors to win debut contracts at the 24th International Concours de Chant Centre-Lyrique Clermont-Ferrand in France, Patrick hopes this is his moment.
As a contract recipient, Patrick will make his professional debut in Europe during 2015-2016 singing the role of Damon in Handel's Acis and Galatea at Opéra Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, Opéra du Grand Avignon, Opéra de Massy and Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, with possible extensions in Paris and Lyon.
Patrick attributes much of his success to the training he received at Maryland. He says, "My amazing teacher, Gran Wilson, provided me a road-map for healthy and vibrant singing. Principal Opera Coach Justina Lee has enhanced how I analyze the interplay between music, text, and character motivation. Scene study classes with Nick Olcott and Leon Major taught me how to get at the emotional heart of any given aria. And after Alcine Wiltz's two-year movement and dance sequence, I still use elements of our stretching and body engagement routine to help open my body and let it breathe."
While on tour in France, Patrick looks forward to singing for European audiences, and is hopeful for opportunities that could arise from meeting conductors, artistic directors and agents.