You shiver: JFK (David T. Little)
Anna Kelly, mezzo-soprano
Keith Chambers, piano
Praised as having a “rich,” and “beautifully emotional” sound, Anna Kelly is an up-and-coming mezzo who was recently named a National Semi-finalist in the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. In the spring of 2022, Ms. Kelly made her role debut as Ruggiero in Alcina with the Yale Opera Studio, and in the summer of 2022, Ms. Kelly joined the Music Academy of the West as a Studio Artist where she will perform in their production of Eugene Onegin. In 2022-2023, Ms. Kelly will join Palm Beach Opera in their Apprentice Artist Program where she will cover the roles of Meg Page in Falstaff, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte as well as joining the Washington Opera Society for their Operetta Around the World concert, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra for their NYE Gala.
The 2020-2021 season included Ms. Kelly performing scenes from the roles of Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Octavian in Der Rosenkavelier, Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, Smeton in Anna Bolena, and Isolier in Le Comte Ory: all with the Yale Opera Studio. In the spring of 2020, she was slated to sing Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Siebel in Faust, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Yale Opera Theatre before performances were canceled due to the COVID19 epidemic.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Kelly performs with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut-based Waterbury Symphony Orchestra throughout 2022 including as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah this December. Additionally, after her winning performance at the Gulf Coast Regional for the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Ms. Kelly has been invited back to New Orleans by the New Orleans Chapter of the Friends of the Metropolitan Opera Competition organization to present a solo recital in the fall of 2022. Recent concert engagements include performing with the Yale Philharmonic in their Opera Gala as well as appearing as a soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass. Ms. Kelly also had the opportunity to perform with New Music New Haven as the the mezzo soloist in the live premiere of David Lang’s let me come in.
Ms. Kelly has trained at esteemed programs including the Houston Grand Opera Young Artists’ Vocal Academy and has been recognized throughout the country from multiple musical organizations and competitions. In addition to her success in the Laffont Competition, Ms. Kelly was also a Regional Winner and National Semifinalist for the 2021 National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. In prior years, she won vocal competition scholarships from the Presser Foundation for Musical Philanthropy, the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Friday Morning Music Club, and the Schmidt Vocal Competition.
Ms. Kelly holds a BM in Vocal Performance from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and recently graduated with her MM in Opera from the esteemed Yale School of