Praised as having a “rich,” and “beautifully emotional” sound (DC Metro Arts), mezzo-soprano Anna Kelly recently completed her 22/23 season at the Wolf Trap Opera Studio Program, and the Palm Beach Opera Bailey Apprentice Artist Program. In 2024, Ms. Kelly will join Sarasota Opera’s Resident Artist program as Federica in Luisa Miller, and the cover of the title role in Carmen. She will also join Saratoga Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and Agathe in Guys and Dolls.
While at Wolf Trap Opera in 2023, Ms. Kelly covered Athamas in Semele, study covered Siebel in Faust, and performed scenes as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, and Tisbe in Cenerentola. As a 22/23 Apprentice Artist at Palm Beach Opera, Ms. Kelly covered Meg Page in Falstaff, Dorabella (study cover) in Così fan tutte, and was hailed as "divine" by the Palm Beach Post for her success in 2022 fall young artist scenes, as Cendrillon and Zerlina.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Kelly most recently presented a May 2023 solo recital at the Metropolitan Club of Washington DC, with pianist and conductor Tyson Deaton. Also in the 22/23 season, Ms. Kelly performed in a number of gala concerts as a featured soloist with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington Opera Society.
Ms. Kelly is a successful vocal competitor, and has been recognized throughout the country from multiple musical organizations and competitions: most notably as a Semifinalist in the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. Recently, Ms. Kelly was named the winner of the Albert Sherman Memorial Award at the 2023 Opera Index Competition, 3rd Place Winner in the Gerda Lissner 2023 Lieder/Art Song competition, 1st Place Winner (tier II) and Audience Favorite of the 2023 James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, 2nd place winner of the 2023 SAS Performing Arts Competition, and a finalist in the 2023 Giulio Gari and Opera Florham competitions. In prior years, she has won vocal competition scholarships from the Presser Foundation for Musical Philanthropy, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Friday Morning Music Club, and the Schmidt Vocal Competition.
Ms. Kelly has trained with esteemed young artist programs such as the Houston Grand Opera Young Artists’ Vocal Academy, Wolf Trap Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Music Academy of the West, and is a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Music (2022).