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Kelley O'Connor (Zachary Maxwell Stertz)

Kelley O'Connor

Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy(r) Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2011-12 season, the California native's impressive calendar includes the world premiere of a new oratorio by John Adams, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. She brings her voice to performances as Ursule in Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict with Opera Boston, and to her signature role as Federico García Lorca in a Peter Sellars staging of Golijov's Ainadamar at Teatro Real in Madrid.  She sings her first performances of Ravel's Shéhérazade with Michael Christie at the Colorado Music Festival and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival.  Other highlights include a program of Bach Cantatas with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Jahja Ling and the Cleveland Orchestra, Stravinsky's Les Noces with David Robertson and the St.