Salastina Music Societ: Handel's Messiah (2016)
Jon Lee Keenan's tenor sailed along waves of liquid legato; his silvery top register lending extra shimmer to the music's light.
— Nestor Castiglione of Cresenta Valley Weekly (Full Article)
LA Master Chorale: Handel's Messiah (2015)
Keenan is particularly a delight to watch and listen to, as he exhibits an impressive level of skill and close attention to the lyrics, pronunciation and pitch, mixing innate instinct and carefully crafted artistry.
— Nathaniel Cayanan of the Pasadena Independent (Full Article)
LA Master Chorale: Bach's St. Matthew Passion (2015)
As the Evangelist, Jon Lee Keenan offered a clarion tenor and commanding narrative style.
— Mark Swed of LA Times (Full Article)
The role of Evangelist, the storyteller, was assigned to Master Chorale member Jon Lee Keenan, whose tenor voice easily carried throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall and featured gorgeous high notes and clearly enunciated German.
— Douglas Nuslund of LA Opus (Full Article)
Opera Saratoga: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
What was especially impressive was how well the apprentice artists — tenors Jeremy Fisher and Jon Lee Keenan and mezzosoprano Laura Begley — sounded in their smaller roles. The quality of their voices, the line and their projection easily matched the caliber of the principal voices.
— Geraldine Freedman of The Daily Gazette (Full Article)
American Bach Soloists Academy: Handel's Esther
There are five tenor roles in Esther, and all five of them were excellent... I particularly liked Jon Lee Keenan as Ahasuerus.
— Michael Strickland of the San Francisco Civic Center (Full Article)
Southwest Chamber Music: Britten's Eight Folk Song Arrangements and A Birthday Hansel
Keenan's voice was sonorous, yet still crisp and clear; fully intelligible, expressive with a surprising dynamic range.
— Theodore Bell of the CultureSpotLA.com (Full Article)
Pacific Opera Project: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
The minor role of Don Curzio was filled by the liquid tenor of Jon Lee Keenan in a bit of inspired luxury casting.
— Ted Ayala of the Cresenta Valley Weekly (Full Article)
Los Angeles Master Chorale: Handel's Messiah
Tenor Jon Lee Keenan... soon became the soloist of the night, performing with clarity and power; his melismatic work, in which an ornamental phrase of several notes is sung to one syllable of text, hit just the right balance between staccato and legato.
— Tony Frankel of the Stage and Cinema (Full Article)
Los Angeles Master Chorale performs music by Distler, Poulenc, Lauridsen, and Ferko
Tenor Jon Lee Keenan was outstanding in his turn as the Evangelist, singing with a pious beauty and immaculate musicality that was in complete service to the score.
—Ted Ayala from Klang Klang Klang (Full Article)
Music review: Mozart-added value given to the Master Chorale's 'Messiah' at Disney Hall
Keenan, in his third season, is the most recent, and he is someone to watch. His sure tenor sailed comfortably through tricky embellishments.
—Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times (Full Article)
American Bach Soloists: Bach For the Masses
Jon Lee Keenan, a tenor from Southern California, also proved himself ready for prime time, with a clear, sweet, high voice; he is ready to emerge as an in-demand oratorio singer.
— Jonathan Rhodes Leefrom the San Francisco Classical Voice (Full Article)