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Janis Kelly



Janis Kelly in action.
Janis Kelly in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Scottish soprano Janis Kelly made her Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and has since sung Mademoiselle Jouvenot (Adriana Lecouvreur) and Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Other engagements at the Royal Opera House have included Sarah (Clemency) in the Linbury Studio Theatre and performances in Rufus Wainwright’s 2011 one-week residency ‘House of Rufus’.

Kelly grew up in Glasgow and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and in Paris with Elisabeth Grümmer. Her early career included many performances for Opera Factory, in roles ranging from Ottavia (The Coronation of Poppea) to Flora (The Knot Garden). She has a close association with English National Opera, where her roles have included Romilda (Xerxes), Countess Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Pat Nixon (Nixon in China) and Mrs Naidoo (Satyagraha). For Opera North her roles have included Elettra (Idomeneo), Countess Almaviva, Violetta (La traviata), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Magda (La rondine) and Lania (Sawer’s Skin Deep). Other engagements have included Pat Nixon for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Foreign Princess (Rusalka) for Grange Park Opera, Christine (Intermezzo) for Buxton Festival, Lady Billows (Albert Herring) in Los Angeles and Hazel George (The Perfect American) for Teatro Real, Madrid, and ENO.

Kelly has sung in concert throughout the UK and in recital in the UK and Europe, and has directed Così fan tutte and Iolanthe for Grange Park Opera. She teaches at the RCM.