Michael Kelly

Praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid”, American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire.


This season, Mr. Kelly appears in recital with Malcolm Martineau, with the Detroit Symphony in a world premier of a new work by David Del Tredici, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with Boston Early Music Festival, at the Baltimore Lieder Weekend, and with SongFusion; a recital series of which he is a co-founder.  An avid and passionate recital and chamber music interpreter, he can be found on three soon-to-be released recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise, Del Tredici’s A Field Manual, and a recording of Britten’s folk song settings.


Captivating audiences with his “exquisitely self-effacing” artistry, Mr. Kelly is a versatile and innovative vocalist, having performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cathedral Choral Society, Mostly Mozart Festival, Opernhaus Zurich, Chicago Opera Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, Ars Lyrica,  and Mercury Orchestra.  His repertoire ranges from the baroque to modern, leading him to collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, many of who’s work he has premiered, including Tom Cipullo, David Del Tredici, Mohammed Fairouz, Ricky Ian Gordon, Libby Larsen, Lowell Lieberman, Ben Moore, Reinaldo Moya, John Musto, and David Sisco.  He made his European debut with Opernhaus Zürich in Handel’s Rinaldo with William Christie and has performed in opera, chamber and symphonic works under the batons of such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Jane Glover, Benton Hess, James Levine, Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, Steven Osgood, Leonard Slatkin, and Stephen Stubbs.


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.  



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