Ikaia-Purdy was born in Hawaii, studied with
Carlo Bergonzi in Italy. Ikaia-Purdy won prizes in several vocal
competitions: National Belcanto Competition, Voci Verdiane in
Busseto and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
His first international engagement was at the Staatstheater in
Wiesbaden as Don Carlos during the International May Festival in
1989. Ikaia-Purdy sang other Lirico-Spinto roles.
Ikaia-Purdy has appeared in the major German houses, Amsterdam,
Carnegie Hall, Verona, Covent Garden and in Wien at the Staatsoper.
Ikaia-Purdy has been a member of the Staatsoper since the 1992-3
season. Ikaia-Purdy has made guest appearances at
the Ludwigsburg Festival.
Ikaia-Purdy must the most unwelcome singer at the Staatsoper in Vienna, especially when his name appears at the last moment
in the program to replace a sick tenor. Some words of wisdom on the internet by the expert tenormaniac:
First, some relatively new singers who may not yet be as widely known as they deserve to be, but for all of whom I can predict
brilliant futures: Marcelo Alvarez, Rumen Doykov, Keith Ikaia-Purdy, and especially Dario Volonte.
Tenormaniac never heard Ikiai-Purdy, even on CD, when this was written.
In RA Format
| Keith Ikaia-Purdy sings La Bohème: || Addio, dolce svegliare
, with Fiamma Izzo d'Amico, Alexandra von der Weth, and Simon Keenlyside
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Bohème).
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