The Grammy® Award-winning mezzo-soprano KELLEY O'CONNOR possesses a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry. During the 2014-15 season the California native’s impressive calendar includes Mozart’s Requiem with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert, Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue and Duruflé’s Requiem with Donald Runnicles conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the San Antonio Symphony and Reno Philharmonic. In addition to the present concerts with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she is singing the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Colorado Symphony. The artist returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Creation Oratorio led by Music Director Robert Spano, as well as for Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. Miss O’Connor also returns to the operatic stage as Smeton in a new Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Kevin Newbury.
Recent concert seasons include performances of Beethoven’s Mass in C on an international tour with Franz Welser- Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra, John Adams’ El Niño under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski (London Philharmonic Orchestra), a United States recital tour with the soprano Jessica Rivera and pianist Robert Spano (including a performance at Carnegie Hall), Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony as well as with Roberto Minczuk and the Calgary Philharmonic, Stravinsky’s Les Noces with David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony, Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Britten’s Spring Symphony with Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with Iván Fischer leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Kelley O’Connor and she has performed the work, internationally, both in concert and in the Peter Sellars production, under the batons of the composer, Gustavo Dudamel, and Grant Gershon.
Additional information is available on the artist’s website: www.kelleyoconnor.com.