Kyle van Schoonhoven

— Tenor

"Stumbling onto the stage with his first words ringing through the house, it was obvious the Grime’s Mad Scene “Steady! There you are! Nearly home!” was going to be good. Tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven, committed through the entire aria, held our attention for minutes, and practically alone, the orchestration comprised of a few trombone slides and a brief accordion cameo. A very daring choice for the competition, but van Schoonhoven pulled it off. He followed up in the second half with Rienzi’s powerful Prayer, showing off a hefty, rich voice."
Opera Wire

"...the budding heldentenor Kyle van Schoonhoven [showed a] steady, burnished sound"
The New York Times

“Perhaps the evening’s most striking revelation, came shortly before the end, when tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven unleashed a vivid, shapely and full-throated account of “Mein lieber Schwan” from Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” It was clear that he’s being trained, slowly and methodically, to undertake the Wagnerian tenor repertoire; it was a thrill to hear how far along that path he’s come.”
The San Francisco Chronicle

”Kyle van Schoonhoven, a heldentenor star of the future now, was the Otello to Palmertree’s Desdemona, and he brought the house down with “Mein lieber Schwan” as Wagner’s Lohengrin. This is a rare and amazing instrument, combined with musicality and presence...”
Opera West

"Tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven, from Lockport, NY, who was impressive in the title role in a Lohengrin excerpt at the beginning of the program in July, shone in yet another Wagner role, singing the hero’s prayer from Rienzi. The voice was not only gorgeous and powerful — filling the big hall effortlessly — but had that indefinable Wagner-tenor characteristic of “ping,” Richard Tucker’s term for hitting high notes squarely. When van Schoonhoven joins the small cadre of outstanding Wagner heldentenors in the world’s great opera houses, those at the concert Saturday can claim they were there when the 28-year-old made his mark almost a decade ahead of when such accomplished delivery is expected."
San Francisco Classical Voice


Tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven is a recent graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera. He made his debut on the San Francisco Opera stage as the Young Servant in Strauss’ Elektra, and has since covered the leading roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Aegisth in Elektra, Froh in Das Rheingold, and Siegmund in Die Walküre. With San Francisco Opera, he has covered Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Aegisth in Elektra, Froh in Das Rheingold, Siegmund in Die Walküre, and . . .

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