Pianist & Coach
El Paso Opera
Kathleen Kelly enjoys a dynamic musical life as a pianist, opera coach, conductor, teacher, and writer. The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Kathleen also served on the musical staffs of the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Currently, she is the Music Director of El Paso Opera, and teaching opera coaching at the Cincinnati Conservatory. Kathleen’s recital career includes appearances at Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Mahlersaal of the Vienna State Opera, Wigmore Hall, and Spivey Hall. Her partners have included Jamie Barton, Christine Goerke, Michael Kelly, Troy Cook, Amber Wagner, Ariana Strahl, Martha Guth, Karen Slack, and Jennifer Holloway. She has curated art song series for the Houston Grand Opera and the Vienna State Opera, and is currently involved in the creation of new song through Sparks and Wiry Cries’ songSLAM events. Kathleen is a published essayist, poet, translator, and librettist.