B i o g r a p h y

German tenor Kieran Carrel (b. 1996) studied in Cologne with Christoph Prégardien, before moving to continue his education at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Neil Mackie.

From 2019-2021 Kieran joins the Oper Theater Bonn, where during his first season he sings roles including Jacquino Fidelio, Beppe Pagliacci, Porter Death in Venice, and Sohn des Oberbademeisters Staatstheater by Mauricio Kagel.

Previous opera credits include Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Contino Belfiore in Ryedale Festival’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He returned to Ryedale Festival in 2018 to sing Ferrando Cosi fan tutte, and later that year made his debut as Paolino in Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto for the baroque Goethe Theatre of Bad Lauchstädt. Further highlights include Telemaco in Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Kilian in Weber Der Freischütz, and Sakristan in Siegfried Wagner An allem ist Hütchen Schuld under Lionel Friend, which was recently released on DVD for Naxos.

A passionate exponent of lieder, Kieran frequently appears in recital across Europe and the UK, and has performed with eminent pianists including Christopher Glynn and Roger Vignoles. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016 with Graham Johnson, where he returned in 2019 first with RAM’s prestigious Song Circle in an evening of lieder by Carl Loewe, and later as a finalist in the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition. That same year saw his recital debut at the Pierre-Boulez-Saal in Berlin, as part of the Heidelberger Frühling Schubert Week with Thomas Hampson and Hartmut Höll. Kieran is also a 2019 Leeds Lieder Young Artist, where he appeared both in recital and in masterclasses with Angelika Kirchschlager and Malcom Martineau, and was awarded the inaugural Leeds Lieder/Schubert Institute UK Song Prize together with duo partner Richard Gowers.


On the concert platform Kieran has appeared as soloist with orchestras and ensembles including Orchestra l’arte del mondo, Concert Royal Köln, Bochumer Symphoniker and the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Kieran was also a regular soloist in the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series, working with some of the country’s leading baroque players under the baton of conductors including Philippe Herreweghe and Iain Ledingham. Other recent concert highlights have included arias in both Bach Passions, Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Paulus, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri, Stravinsky Cantata and Arvo Pärt Passio.


Kieran is a recipient of the Royal Academy’s Douglas Samuel & Birdie Matthews Award, and is generously supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.


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