Keanon Kyles (he/him) started his journey of music with the Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of Josephine Lee. He got his B.A. in Music from Columbia College Chicago where he studied with, Bass-Baritone Andrew Schultze. He has performed overseas in Puccini’s, Gianni Schicchi as Betto and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel as Peter in Trento, Italy under the baton of the Metropolitan Opera’s Maestro David Jackson and world-renowned stage director David Gately.
He also has performed in La Bohème as Colline with Kor Opera Company, New York Lyric Opera and in July of 2016, he performed as Colline with Clyde Opera Group in Glasgow, U.K., as well as, performed special opera recitals at the Edinburgh Festival. Kyles has had the pleasure to work with renowned professionals such as Andrea Bocelli, Deborah Voigt, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, as well as coaches, Jane Robinson of English National Opera, Mitchell Piper of Piper Anselmi, Tim Ribchester of Academy of Vocal Arts-Philadelphia, Paul Plummer of Landestheater Innsbruck and Opera Kiel, and Peter Nilsson of Dutch National Opera Academy.
Kyles has also performed as the baritone soloist in events with Chicago Syntagma Musicum and Unity Temple- Oak Park and with local opera company South Shore Opera Company. He continues to travel nationally and internationally to do workshops and opera performances for youth organizations and start up opera companies. He is very excited about his return to Scotland in 2017 to do the title role of Rigoletto. Keanon’s story was recently featured on ABC Eyewitness News and Good Morning America.