Peruvian-American Mezzo-soprano Kelly Newberry was a Vocal Arts Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2017. Noted for her “luscious mezzo timbre” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) on a concert with Yo-Yo Ma and Pam Frank, Kelly premiered a song by John Harbison with Emanuel Ax at Seiji Ozawa Hall. In 2018, Kelly will perform the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she begins her first year of her doctoral studies.
Kelly most recently starred as Jennie the Sealyham Terrier in a National Opera Association award-winning production of Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop!, an opera based on Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book of the same title, directed by Nicholas Muni. Cultivating a younger audience through outreach is an important part of Kelly’s mission as a performer.
Kelly was heard in the roles of Amastre and Narciso tthe Baroque operas Xerxes and Agrippina with an orchestra performing on period instruments and led by noted harpsichordist, conductor, and American Bach Soloists faculty member, Corey Jamason at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other roles include Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Cendrillon, and Charlotte in Werther.
In the summer of 2016 Kelly participated in a Spanish art song intensive led by Isabel Bayrakdarian at the Vancouver International Song Institute. She has been featured as a Fellow at SongFest in 2011, 2014, and 2015.
Spring of 2017 saw Kelly as the alto soloist in BWV 78 with the Albany Symphony, under the baton of David Alan Miller. She also sang at the Bard Music Festival as a recitalist in a special program curated by Byron Adams. Kelly was invited to the Lucerne Festival in 2016 as part of a special project of women composers, where she sang the Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories by Maria Schneider, conducted by the composer herself. She was mezzo soloist in Durufle’s Requiem, conducted by San Francisco Symphony conductor, Ragnar Bohlin.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kelly is a recipient of the Vocal Excellence award. Kelly holds a master’s degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Program, where her closest mentors were Sanford Sylvan and Dawn Upshaw. Kelly currently studies with Isabel Bayrakdarian at the University of California Santa Barbara.