Wade Kernot was engaged at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland, from 2010-2015, where his roles included Monterone (Rigoletto), the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zuniga (Carmen), Père Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Jacopo Loredano (I due Foscari), Wotan (Siegfried), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), Il Pedone di Schnals (La Wally), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Melisso (Alcina), Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust), Sarastro and Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Sam (Un Ballo in Maschera), Frank (Die Fledermaus), and Comte des Grieux (Manon). During this time he also sang Stravinsky Pulcinella for Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the bass roles in a Kurt Weill double bill for Opera Lyon and Pogner and the Nachtwächter (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the Tirolean Festspiele, in Erl.
This year Wade will also be heard as Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata with Wellington Opera, and in Bach’s B minor mass with Orpheus Choir Wellington, Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with Orchestra Wellington and Messiah with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
In recent seasons, Wade has performed Nettuno, Tempo, Antinoo in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse for Pinchgut Opera, Zuniga for New Zealand Opera and State Opera South Australia; Masetto (Don Giovanni), Angelotti (Tosca), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Arthur (The Riders) and Nourabad (The Pearl Fishers) for West Australian Opera; Verdi Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Napier Civic Choir; a solo recital in Auckland; Verdi Requiem with Aorangi Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Mass with Christchurch Symphony; Messiah with Auckland Choral Society and Fauré Requiem with Orchestra Wellington.
Wade was a PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist at New Zealand Opera, a semi-finalist representing New Zealand in both the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Neue Stimmen in Germany, and a runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest.
Wade is now Lecturer in Voice at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, Wellington.