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Kelley O'Connor


Kelley O'Connor


Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor is one of the most compelling performers of her generation.

Sought after by the world's great conductors, she enjoys close artistic partnerships with Gustavo Dudamel, Iván Fischer, Louis Langrée, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano and Franz Welser-Möst; these relationships have led to performances on the premier stages of the world including the Barbican Centre, Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall and Walt Disney Hall among many others.

John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Kelley O’Connor and she has performed the work, both in concert and staged versions, the world over.  She gave the premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Voy a Dormir with Robert Spano leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, and she has received unanimous international, critical acclaim for her numerous performances as Federico García Lorca in Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar. O'Connor created the role for the world premiere at Tanglewood, and subsequently she has performed the opera in Los Angeles, Madrid, New York and Santa Fe.