Tenor / Director
The talented and versatile American tenor, Frank Kelley, has performed in concert and opera throughout North America and Europe. His 2014-2015 season includes a return to Florentine Opera in two roles – as Joseph in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights and in his stage directing debut for Elmer Gantry; as well as a return to Odyssey Opera in Boston as Victorin in Die Tote Stadt.
Mr. Kelley’s performances with Boston Lyric Opera include Triquet in Eugene Onegin, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro; Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor; Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Spoletta in Tosca, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. With Opera Boston he appeared as Raoul in Offenbach’s La vie parisienne, the Kavalier in Hindemith’s Cardillac, the Magician in The Consul, and Fatty in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. His other recent operatic appearances include Grandpa Joe in the world premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the European premiere with Wexford Festival Opera; Spoletta in Tosca, Pang in Turandot, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera; and the United Way in Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers with The Dallas Opera and Opéra de Monte Carlo.
Frank Kelley appears on the PBS broadcasts of Peter Sellars’ productions of Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. He also has long associations with Boston’s premier concert organizations, including multiple performances of Bach Cantatas with Emmanuel Music under the direction of Craig Smith, Christopher Hogwood, and Seiji Ozawa; St. John Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society and the Orquesta Sinfónica Naciónal de Mexico; St. Matthew Passion with Boston Baroque and Emmanuel Music; Handel’s Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque; recitals of Schubert lieder for Emmanuel Music’s Schubert Series; and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His other concert appearances include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite with the St. Louis Symphony; Master of Ceremonies in Queen of Spades with the National Symphony Orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s The First Walpurgis Night with Roger Norrington and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Mr. Kelley’s recordings feature him in repertoire spanning ten centuries. They include three Deutsche Harmonia Mundi albums with the ensemble Sequentia: Aquitania, Shining Light, and Saints; a Teldec release of Stravinsky’s Renard with Hugh Wolff and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Kurt Weill’s Das Kleine Mahagonny with Kent Nagano. His last release was a recording of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry which received a 2012 Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition as well as Best Engineered Album.