Frank Kelley


The talented and versatile American tenor, Frank Kelley, has performed in concert and opera throughout North America and Europe. Mr. Kelley’s recordings feature him in repertoire spanning ten centuries. They include three Deutsche Harmonia Mundi CD’s 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, available on London videotape and on CD from Erato. His most recent release was a recording of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry which received a 2012 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

Mr. Kelley has appeared as Goro in Madama Butterfly; as Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte; as Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus; as Spoletta in Tosca with the Boston Lyric Opera; as Raoul de Gardefeu in La Vie Parisienne with Opera Boston, as Monostatos with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.  Other highlights include Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite with the St. Louis Symphony, as Master of Ceremonies in the Queen of Spades with the National Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine with National Arts Centre Orchestra, the St. John Passion with Emmanuel Music and the Berkshire Choral Festival and Messiah with Richmond Symphony and International Music Foundation in Chicago.

Last season, he returned to Florentine Opera as Pang in Turandot and narrated Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at Boston’s Symphony Hall, while the previous season saw Kelley reprise the role of Grandpa Joe in the European premiere of The Golden Ticket with Wexford Festival Opera, portray the Kavalier in Hindemith’s Cardillac with Opera Boston, and sing in Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers at Monte Carlo Opera. In 2012/13 Mr. Kelley sings Argento’s The Boor at Monadnock Music and returns to Florentine Opera as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro.

During the 09/10 season, Kelley took part in the world premiere of The Golden Ticket as Grandpa Joe with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, portrayed Nepomuc in Opera Boston’s production of La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein, and sang Spoletta in Tosca and Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry at Florentine Opera. The previous season he joined Opera Boston in its productions of Shostakovich’s The Nose and and Smetana’s Bartered Bride.

Previous seasons’ highlights have included his appearance with the Mark Morris Dance Company in a production of Handel’s L’Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato with performances in Hong Kong and Los Angeles and at the New Israeli Opera; Magician in The Consul and Fatty in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny with Opera Boston; and Montostatos in The Magic Flute with the Xalapa Symphony. Mr. Kelley also sang the role of Charlie in Das Kleine Mahagonny directed by Peter Sellars at the Frankfurt Opera and at MC93/Bobigny in Paris.  He continued his affiliation with the Boston Lyric Opera as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and as Schmidt in Werther.

He sang Bach cantatas under the direction of Christopher Hogwood, Craig Smith and Seiji Ozawa, and gave recitals of Schubert Lieder for Emmanuel Music’s Schubert series in Boston, as well as at the Aston Magna Festival, accompanied by Malcolm Bilson.

Other notable engagements have been the PBS broadcasts of The Marriage Of Figaro and Cosi fan tutte directed by Peter Sellars; Weill’s Seven Deadly Sinswith the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at Opera de Lyon; Das Kleine Mahagonny at the Next Wave Festival; and Handel’s L’Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato for Serious Fun at Lincoln Center. He performed Le Nozze Di Figaro with the Boston Opera Theater, Cosi fan tutte at Pepsico Summerfare;Stephen Climax at the Brussels Opera; Pang in Turandot with the Cleveland Orchestra, and TurandotAriadne auf Naxos, and Die Zauberflöte with the San Francisco Opera. He sang the St. John Passion with Christopher Hogwood and the Handel & Haydn Society; the St. Matthew Passion with Boston Baroque and Emmanuel Music; Messiah with the Handel & Hadyn Society, Boston Baroque, the Dallas Bach Society and the New Jersey Symphony; and Mendelssohn’s.