Emerging artist Kathryn Kelly has been hailed for her “voluptuous” soprano voice and “comedic timing worthy of Carol Burnett”. Upcoming appearances include the title role in the new opera, "The Snow Maiden of Appalachia" and in recital with the Cantabile Project, performing works by Mahler.
Recently, made her professional debut as Tisbe in La Cenerentola with Opera Roanoke and her role debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Tidewater Opera Initiative. Past appearances include her mainstage debut as Despina (Cosi fan Tutte) with Tidewater Opera Initiative, where her performance was praised as “knowing, earthy, and witty”, and a summer as a Professional Artist at SongFest in Los Angeles, where she was privileged to work with luminaries such as composer Jake Heggie and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, and participate in several recitals. A dedicated performer of both operatic and art song repertoire, Kathryn was awarded first place in the Cantabile Project's premier season auditions, and frequently appears as a featured performer in recital.
Kathryn is a former Spectrum Resident Artist with Virginia Opera, where she appeared as a cover artist and in the educational outreach tour of Oh, Freedom! She received her B.M. in Voice Performance and her M.M in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. She is a regular performer and soloist with the Virginia Chorale, an all-professional choral ensemble led by Chuck Woodward, and has performed in the chorus at Virginia Opera, Opera New Jersey, and the Rome Festival.
"The lustrous singing of soprano
Kathryn Kelly made it particularly lamentable that Rossini and his librettist did not invent more for Tisbe to do."
Joseph Newsome for www.voix-des-arts.com