The Industry Credits
Tenor Jon Lee Keenan is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. Influenced at a young age by his father, a classically trained jazz saxophonist, Jon cultivated an interest in performing a variety of musical styles. While a high school student at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, Jon found himself winning state vocal competitions, writing music and playing guitar with his 8-piece original ska band, and singing first tenor with the local collegiate vocal ensemble. After earning a triple degree in music at UNLV in Las Vegas, Jon moved out to Southern California to pursue a career in classical singing, studying Vocal Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music. Jon was first introduced to the Los Angeles classical music scene by the Los Angeles Master Chorale with whom he has been featured as a soloist in each season since joining on with the group in 2007. Recent highlights with LAMC include the role of “Evangelist” in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and the narrator in Hugo Distler’s The Story of Christmas. Currently, Jon is in demand on opera stages and concert halls throughout California and the United States. Recent appearances with Southwest Chamber Music include collaborations on Britten’s A Birthday Hansel for tenor and harp, and A Sunbeam’s Architecture, an orchestral song cycle by E.E. Cummings and Elliot Carter at Red Cat. Recent opera roles with the Pacific Opera Project include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos. Over the past few seasons, Jon has helped create several new exciting characters through collaborations with The Industry including: Clyde Barrow in Andrew McIntosh’s Bonnie & Clyde (Second Take 2017 & First Take 2015), Little Monk in Brecht’s Galileo, composed by Andy Akiho, Napoleon Bonaparte in Nicholas Deyoe’s Haydn’s Head (First Take 2017), and Anne LeBaron’s LSD: The Opera (First Take 2015). Also with The Industry, Jon has performed as Jameson in Hopscotch, Chapter 12 and in the performance installation Nimbus as a Featured Tenor. This past June, Jon performed and recorded the role Gniphos in the LA Philharmonic’s co-production of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar with The Industry, slated for international release in 2018. This season’s highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Handel’s Israel in Egypt; Orange County’s Pacific Chorale as the role of Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion; tenor soloist in Mozart’s rarely heard “Little Masonic” cantata Laut Verkünde unsre Freude conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; and the role of Gunner / Stage Hand in the premiere of Orson Welles classic War of the Worlds turned opera by Yuval Sharon and composer Annie Gosfield, and the LA Philharmonic.