MM, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
BM, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Pianist and conductor Kyle Swann made his professional debut in 1993, leading James Sellar's The World is Round at the Wadsworth Atheneum. He has subsequently appeared with numerous orchestras and opera companies in the United States, Europe, and South America. His repertory includes the staples of symphonic literature, nearly one hundred staged works, and countless artsongs. In recent seasons, he has appeared with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Mississippi Opera, Connecticut Opera, and Opera Boston in works ranging from Gay's The Beggar's Opera (named "Best of Boston") to Strauss' Salome. He has been a pianist for several seasons at the Sanibel Music Festival, and frequently gives masterclasses and adjudicates competitions.
Swann in on the faculty at the Yale School of Music, where he is a coach for Yale Opera and accompanies numerous artsong recitals. He is also a vocal coach at The Hartt School, where he has conducted numerous performances including Le Nozze di Figaro and The Rape of Lucretia. He had been heard as a pianist for several song programs, and has appeared as a faculty artist. In prior years, he was the Resident Conductor for Connecticut Opera, where he led the nationally-recognized Opera Express educational touring ensemble. In the past few seasons, he has conducted Il barbiere di Siviglia, Julius Caesar (Handel), La boheme (in two productions), Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, and a double-bill of Suor Angelica and Cavalleria rusticana, at Connecticut Opera, Mississippi Opera, and Opera Theater of Connecticut. Upcoming engagements include Hansel and Gretel, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and a return to the Sanibel Music Festival. Swann holds degrees from The Hartt School in both piano and conducting, and counts Sidney Harth, Eleazer de Carvalho, Arthur Winograd and Raymond Hanson (Hartt Professor Emeritus) as his principal teachers.