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 has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2013-14 season, the California native’s impressive calendar includes John Adams’sThe Gospel According to the Other Mary with Grant Gershon conducting the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the world premiere of John Harbison’s Crossroads with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart, Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Joana Carneiro, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. Miss O’Connor joins Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra for an international tour of Beethoven’s Mass in C, a work that also serves for her return to the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. She collaborates with Vladimir Jurowski for the first time in performances of Adams’s El Niño with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The artist returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody led by Donald Runnicles as well as to the National Symphony Orchestra in performances of El amor brujo conducted by the venerable Spanish maestro, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, Stravinsky’s Les Noces with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony, Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Britten’s Spring Symphony with Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, as well as with Iván Fischer leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Miss O’Connor’s role debuts as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at Boston Lyric Opera, Ursule in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at Opera Boston, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Canadian Opera Company.
Her discography includes Lieberson’s Neruda Songs and Golijov’s Ainadamar with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony as well as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon.