Anthony Kearns, often described as a classical Irish tenor, was born to Betty and Mogue Kearns in Kiltealy, a small village in north Wexford County, Ireland on August 17, 1971. Growing up in a family of two boys and four girls, music was a part of his life from early on. His siblings are musical, too, although Anthony is the only one who has made music his career. He admits to having a try at his mother's button accordion at the age of 4, eventually moving on to the larger version as a self-taught and reasonably accomplished accordionist. But singing was his first love from the age of 10 when he discovered he had an inherent love and obvious vocal talent for traditional Irish music. He was encouraged to, and did, participate in singing festivals and, in fact, was at times a competition winner. As the local secondary school, F.C.J.Bunclody, had no voice program, he took up the trombone, playing (according to him not particularly well) in the school orchestra. But his vocal abilities didn't go unnoticed and he was eventually recognized as the school's primary vocalist, singing at Masses and in school shows. His voice training was self taught, mainly in the haunting and ever popular sean nos music.
After the Leinster School of Music, Anthony moved to Cardiff to attend the College of Music in Wales. He was studying there and had performed with numerous orchestras when, in 1998, he was invited to join the Irish Tenors. As a member of the Tenors, he has traveled extensively in the United States as well as the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, performing in such venues as Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House. The Tenors have appeared on TV shows such as "Good Morning America" and "Regis and Kathy Lee" and their CDs are quickly approaching 2 million in the U.S. alone. It's been a rapid rise to fame for a young man from a small town in Ireland.
If I hadn't been for a tenner contest (no not a tenor, a tenner), Anthony Kearns might be the one catering your next party…or the singing bartender at your local pub. He might even be selling you a mobile phone or a fax. Of course, you'd have to be living in Ireland. And a great many ifs would have had not to happen.
THE EXCEPTIONAL ANTHONY JOSEPH KEARNS
When he isn't performing with The Irish Tenors, solo
appearances with friend and accompanist Patrick Healy play
a major part in a busy schedule, as does his never-ending
passion for grand opera. His accomplishments in
the latter genre include performances at the International
Opera Festival in Montepulciano, Italy, as Fenton in Verdi's
"Falstaff", and as MacDuff in Verdi's "Macbeth".and Alfredo
in Verdi's "La Traviata" in Dublin, as well as a tour with Opera
Ireland's "Irish Ring" in the United States. Anthony scored
a resounding success in Opera Ireland's production of
Gounod's "Faust", in the title role, and again starred in Jim
Molloy Promotions' "The Magic of Vienna" at
the National Concert Hall. Most recently, he was acclaimed
outstanding in Romeo and Juliet: Then and Now with Opera
Naples in Florida.
Lauded as a Tenor of the Times, Anthony was named "Best Living Tenor in Ireland." His hard
work and dedication give promise of performances that will continue to enthrall and delight audiences
for many years to come."