Baritone Michael Kelly is an accomplished artist whose insightful interpretations, silken voice, and expressive use of language have garnered him comparison to such icons of song repertoire as Matthias Goerne and Gérard Souzay.
Mr. Kelly’s concert appearances have included Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3with the Cleveland Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt, Schumann’s Pilgrimage of the Rose with the Houston Symphony/Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Ars Lyrica, Carmina Burana with the Kansas City Symphony/ Nicholas McGegan, the premiere of an oratorio by David del Tredici with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin, Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Cohen, Durufle Requiem at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, as well as solo recitals at the Saint Louis Art Museum and New York’s Trinity Church, Satie’s Socrate and St. Ignatius in Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Schubert’s Winterreise in Houston, a concert of Tchaikovsky songs at New York’s Symphony Space with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, several European recitals including Liederabends on the stage of Opernhaus Zürich and at the Wagner Museum in Lucerne. Highlighting Kelly’s 2016/17 season is a return to Carnegie Hall for a revival of Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur, a piece he premiered last season with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Kelly also also sings the Brahms Requiem with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The qualities Mr. Kelly brings to the concert stage are matched in his opera performances. He has appeared to great acclaim as Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Festival de Musica Barocca de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Count Almaviva in John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versaillesat the Aspen Opera Theatre Center; and at the Boston Early Music Festival as Coridon in Acis and Galatea and in Charpentier’s Orphée. He made his European debut with Opernhaus Zürich in Handel’s Rinaldo under the baton of William Christie. He played Artémidore in Lully’s Armide with Mercury Baroque, and Aeneas in Cavalli’s La Didone with the renowned Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich, where he also sang in Così Fan Tutte. He has created roles in the premieres of two operas, Miss Lonelyhearts by Lowell Lieberman and The Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira. During his training at The Juilliard School, where he earned a master’s degree, he performed with the Juilliard Opera Theater as Idamante in Idomeneo and Sattirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto. This season features Kelly performing the role of Figaro in The Barber of Seville with Indianapolis Opera.
Mr. Kelly’s wide-ranging musical curiosity led him to co-found SongFusion, an ensemble dedicated to collaboration between singers and instrumentalists, dancers, actors, and visual artists. Mr. Kelly has won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in 2013’s Poulenc Competition and 2011’s Joy in Singing. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich.