Winner of the 2019 Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan award, Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he studied with David Lowe. He is currently engaged on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, having already completed his Master of Music, Vocal Performance Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and Bachelor of Music Vocal Studies course from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Recent engagements include cover Mago Cristiano in Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. During his time at the RNCM he performed L’humana fragilita in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patri, conducted by Roger Hamilton; Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Andrew Greenwood and most recently Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, conducted by Roger Hamilton. In 2018 Kieron-Connor joined the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh Festival in the role of Didymus in Theodora.
Recent competition successes include the 2018 Douglas Rees Memorial Young Opera Singer of the Year, the 2018 Morriston Orpheus Welsh Singer of the Year and the 2018 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer. Over the years, he has won the titles of Southport Singer of the Year; Liverpool Singer of the Year; The Stiwt Young Singer of the Year; Liverpool’s Most Promising Singer of the Year Award.