Anthony Kearns, acknowledged as Ireland’s Finest Tenor, possesses an all-encompassing
repertoire spanning Ireland to Broadway, Viennese romance to Italian Classics, French
art songs to German lieder, the inspirational to the spiritual, and from operetta’s light
comedy to the sweeping drama of grand opera.
Through his skillful interpretation of vast and varied genres, he is becoming recognized
as the heir-apparent to John Count McCormack and Mario Lanza, as he takes his place on
world-wide stages. Considered the best interpreter of Irish music alive today, he is a
respected ambassador of Ireland to the world and is honored to present the music of his
homeland across the globe.
Thrust upon the scene at the first 1999 U.S. PBS broadcast of the 1998 taping of “The
Irish Tenors” in Dublin, Anthony and the trio achieved instant stardom. As they began
performing on the world’s most prestigious stages, The Irish Tenors became over-night
world-wide sensations as Ireland’s most famous touring musicians, second only to U2.
As the founding member, Anthony has toured with the trio three times annually for over a
decade, with 10 CDs to their credit, always listed on Billboard’s Top Ten upon release,
with three achieving gold, platinum and double platinum.
Kearns is increasingly in demand as a solo performer world-wide. He performs concerts
with a sole piano in the recital format, as guest soloist with some of the world’s finest
symphony orchestras, and on opera stages. His spring 2012 tour ended on the stage of
the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in the first joint effort between the
JFK Library and UMass Boston: A celebration of Kennedy's Irish Roots.
Kearns made his debut into the world August 17, 1971 in Kiltealy CO Wexford, Ireland.
From a very early age, he began mastering Irish music’s traditional instruments, and at
the age of 10, he specialized in the beautiful, trilling Sean Nós (Old style -
unaccompanied) singing of his homeland, competing in and winning various All-Ireland
singing competitions into adulthood.
After winning a 1993 talent contest much like America’s or Britain’s Got Talent, he
began studying classical music in earnest in Dublin, Wales, and to this day, in New York
City. He has garnered several prizes as an adult including the Dermot Troy Trophy for
oratorio in 1995 and 1996, the Best Male Singer at the 1995 Waterford International
Festival of Light Opera, and the ESB Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition
in 1999. The Anthony Kearns Prize for the Best Male Singer is now awarded at all
Vernonica Dunne Singing Competitions.
He has many operatic roles to his credit, including: Fenton in an Italian production of
Falstaff; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci, title role of Faust, Carmen’s Don Jose, Don Ottavio
in Don Giovanni, all in Ireland; and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet: Then and Now, Edgardo
in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Faust all for Opera Naples in Florida, and Alfred in Die
Fledermaus in Colorado – all receiving stunning reviews. Anthony completed a PBS
Special in Prague called Halleluiah Broadway in February 2010, released to wide
acclaim across the U.S.
Besides performing in his homeland and coast to coast in America’s Performing Arts
Centers, churches and cathedrals, Anthony also lends his name and considerable talent to
many charitable fund raising events annually. Of note, he performed at the prestigious
Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C. December 17, 2009 and sang for the National
Moment of Remembrance in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Memorial Day celebration
(2010). Fall 2010 marked the beginning of a collaboration between Kearns and The
Wexford Institute for an international and on-going benefit tour with the focus of
"Autism and Childhood Trauma Awareness." At Christmas 2010, he was invited to
perform for an inspiring event at The New Zealand Embassy which jointly benefited the
USO Wounded Warriors and Thanks USA, a non-profit organization whose goal is to
assist the families of our troops. He continues his work with and for Thanks USA and
USO Wounded Warriors.