Kip Wilborn
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Kip Wilborn

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The best kept secret in music


"CD Reviews - Kip Wilborn's 'Be My Love'"

Did you ever have a teacher in high school or college who had such a gift for teaching that you'd take any class they taught, even if it was brain surgery, just to be in their presence? Kip Wilborn reminds me of that scenario; the purity and clarity of his voice is so remarkable that I'd do everything I could to hear him sing, whether it was classical, jazz, reggae or polka. He clearly has the passion, the inspiration and the talent which he cradles and supports with his training and craft. Be My Love features popular favorites to beloved opera gems, each delivered with equal conviction and artistry, drawing from the greatest strengths of his voice and showcasing his superb musicianship. This is truly a beautifully presented album.


"Puccini's 'La Boheme'"

Puccini's poignant tale of the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi drew 2,878 listeners (Music Hall seats 3,516, but 400-500 are obstructed views) and they were on their feet quickly with bravos as the performers took their bows...Heading the cast were soprano Laquita Mitchell and tenor Kip Wilborn, a couple with chemistry and the kind of ringing vocalism that gives Puccini his punch...Mitchell has a singularly beautiful voice, supple and satiny, with the heft to penetrate Puccini's heavy orchestration. Wilborn's was steel-edged and powerful and he knew how to flaunt it, as when he jumped onto the bed to deliver the climactic high C in his Act I aria "Che gelida manina."
-Cincinnati Post

Texas tenor Kip Wilborn was her beloved Rodolfo, whose well-sung arias had a youthful, genuine quality about them...his final duet with Mimi, beautifully lighted like an old, tinted photograph, lingered for its beauty.
- Cincinnati Enquirer, 2005


Be My Love, 2005 sam n rose, inc.


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American tenor Kip Wilborn has enjoyed a career that has flourished in both North America and Europe. Versatile and accomplished in the Classical repertoire, his credits as a leading operatic tenor include engagements in opera houses such as San Francisco Opera, Opera National de Paris, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, Cincinnati Opera, San Diego Opera, Volksoper Vienna, Essen Aalto Theater, Germany, Theatre des Westens-Berlin, Dublin Grand Opera and the Wexford Festival, Ireland. Favorite roles within his repertoire include Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Pelleas in Pelleas et Melisande, Werther in Werther, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera.

On the concert stage, he has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra (at Alice Tully Hall), the Orchestra and Chorus of St. Thomas Cathedral (New York City), Theater im Pfalzbau Orchestra, and the Irish