Kathleen Kelly, Piano
Kathleen Kelly enjoys a wide-ranging and dynamic musical life as a pianist, opera coach, conductor, and master teacher. The first woman and first American named director of musical studies at the Vienna State Opera,
Ms. Kelly has notably been associated with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Ms. Kelly joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2015 as the school’s first coach and conductor of opera, leading performances of Giulio Cesare, Gianni Schicchi, L’heure espagnole, Così fan tutte, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Dinner at Eight. Since returning to the US, she has led performances of Le nozze di Figaro at Wolf Trap, the premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady at Arizona Opera, and Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival. She also conducted the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A Coffin in Egypt, starring Frederica von Stade.
In the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Kelly joins Jamie Barton in recital on a six-city US tour. She also leads performances of Hänsel und Gretel for El Paso Opera and the difficulty of crossing a field for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, and returns to San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, where she trained as an apprentice coach, to conduct the 60th anniversary season of the Schwabacher Summer Concerts. She is a guest coach this season at the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Opera McGill, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Ms. Kelly has performed as a recital pianist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Vienna State Opera’s Mahler-Saal, New York City’s Neue Galerie, the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and numerous universities and colleges across the US. Recital partners have included Christine Goerke, Michael Kelly, Troy Cook, Amber Wagner, Susan Graham, Albina Shagimuratova, Valentina Nafornit‚ă, Joyce DiDonato, and Thomas Hampson. Ms. Kelly has curated art-song series for the Vienna State Opera and Houston Grand Opera, and currently serves as artistic director of Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also a writer, librettist, and arranger.