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, Kelly appears in recital with Malcolm Martineau, with the Detroit Symphony in a world premiere of a new work by David Del Tredici, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival, Baltimore Lieder Weekend, and 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, 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, and others. He 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.

Kelly is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich.