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, Kelly appears in recitals at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, in Houston, Texas, and at the National Opera Center. He will perform world premieres by Matthew Aucoin and Mohammed Fairouz, and will appear in Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
An avid and passionate recital and chamber music interpreter, he can be found on soon-to-be released recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise, Del Tredici’s A Field Manual, and a recording of songs by composer Ben Moore.
Captivating audiences with his “exquisitely self-effacing” artistry, Kelly is a versatile and innovative vocalist, having performed with symphonies, orchestras, and at festivals nationwide, such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cathedral Choral Society, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, Ars Lyrica, and Mercury Orchestra, and at international venues such as Opernhaus Zurich. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to modern, leading him to collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, many whose works 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. He has collaborated in recital with celebrated pianists Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, Malcolm Martineau, Spencer Myer, Jonathan Ware and Brian Zeger.
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. He is also artistic director of SongFusion, a song recital series based in Manhattan.