After her success with Idamante in Damiano Michieletto's Idomeneo in the 80th opening of the Maggio Musicale with Opera di Firenze, Rachel is back in the UK and will debut with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday 10th May in the Symphony Hall. Rachel will be singing the Vaughan Williams' setting of the Five Tudor Portraits - a group of songs for chorus, baritone and mezzo that illuminate and convey the antics and eccentricities of Elizabethan England. This daring program will be performed under the baton of John Wilson along with Williams' other work; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Arnold Bax's November Woods. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC 3 at 7.30pm before which Rachel will be giving an interview. More information is available here.
Rachel will sing Berlioz's glorious symphonic melodies; Les Nuits D'été with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Friday evening 24th March. The concert will be conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud and presented by Paul Herriott for broadcast on RTE lyric fm. More information about booking can be found here.
"Her operatic background became immediately apparent in her ability to imbue each poem with a sense of narrative and dramatic development."
"Her bright soprano has a crystalline clarity and sparkled in the higher ranges"
"Kelly’s sensitive phrasing captured the subtle changes in atmosphere, which oscillates between tender reminiscences and the foreboding of impending loss and pain."
- Bachtrack Review, October 2016. Rachel's debut Les Nuits D'été with Ulster Orchestra
Rachel will debut with the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 23rd February in the Copenhagen Concert House. Rachel will be singing the role of Dersagrena in the opera Comala by Niels W. Gade under the baton of Laurence Equilbey. This concert will be broadcast and a CD will be made at a later date of the performance. Further information is available here.
Rachel will sing Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Fleischmann Choir and the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Conor Palliser. This concert will take place in Cork City Hall on Saturday 18 February at 8pm. More information available here.
Rachel has reached the final of the prestigious Paris international Opera Competition. The final will take on Friday 20th at the Theatre de Champs-Elysées. Rachel has been shortlisted along with ten others out of 250 contestants from around the world to take part in this competition. The jury will consist of twelve some of the most influential directors of casting and opera in Europe. Further details to be found here.
Rachel will appear with the Odense Symphony Orchestra on 21st and 22nd of December under the baton of Nicholas Cleobury. This will be Rachel's Danish debut singing Handel's great Christmas masterpiece. For more information click here.
Anna Devin, Soprano
Rachel Kelly, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Elwin, Tenor
Gareth John, Bass
Rachel will join La Nuova Musica under the directorship of David Bates on Monday the 28th November in Wigmore Hall, tickets available here. Rachel will sing the part of Giunone in Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, first performed in Venice in 1651. The opera is a blend of both comedy and tragedy with music of rich sensuality bringing to the modern day the hedonism, pleasures and charm of the Venetian baroque era.
Rachel will make her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Northern Ireland Opera. This production will be directed by Oliver Mears, Artistic director of NI Opera, and soon to be Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, and performed under the baton of Nicholas Chalmers. Rachel played Nerone in Oliver Mears' award-winning production of Agrippina with the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Cohen to rave reviews in September 2015.
"For sheer vocal fireworks, however, the palm went to the feckless Nerone of Rachel Kelly, still firing off the coloratura accurately in ‘Come nube’, at the end of a long evening.”
Opera Magazine, November 2015
Rachel will sing her first Les Nuits D'été with The Ulster Orchestra in the Ulster Hall, Friday 21st October. The program entitled Exotic Storytellers will consist of Ravel's Pavane Pour un Enfant Défunte, Berlioz's Les Nuits D'été, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and will be conducted by Jac van Steen. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Rachel is to sing with Peter Whelan and the Cork Baroque Orchestra on Friday 14th October at the Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music. The Program will span from baroque favourites such as Handel's Dopo Notte to classical arias from the lesser known Jommelli.
G.F. Handel: Overture from Agrippina
G.F.Handel: ‘Come nube che fugge dal vento’ – Agrippina
G.F.Handel: ‘Verdi Prati’- Alcina
F.Geminani: Concerto Grosso No.12 in D minor (La Follia)
G.F.Handel: ‘Scherza Infida’- Ariodante
G.F.Handel: ‘Dopo note’ – Ariodante
G.F Handel: Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.1 in G Major
N.Jommelli: ‘Cara deh serbami’ – Il Vologeso
P.Van Maldere: Sinfonia in D Major
Tickets available here
Works commissioned specially for the event, by Philip Hammond, will be performed alongside contemporary Irish Composers including Philip Martin and Bernadette Marmion.
This event will also be an especially poignant occasion for Rachel, as she will have the great pleasure and pride of performing works by her late grandfather, the composer T.C.Kelly, including "The Mother", which was banned upon its release from Irish Radio for its inflammatory content.
"Kelly’s vocal agility and bright, well-centred tone enabled her to create a thrilling portrayal.” Opera Magazine, July 2016
"Rachel Kelly, a total natural with a vibrant mezzo voice seemingly flawless throughout the range...Kelly made her urgency felt, persuading us with natural body language as well as focused urgency that the recitative are as crucial a part of the drama as the arias and finales."
Arts Desk, May 2016
Rachel will perform the role of Apollonia in La Canterina by Haydn along with arias from Semiramide by Myslivecek as part of Classical Opera's ground-breaking Mozart 250 series. The first performance will take place in the prestigious Eisenstadt Haydn Festival in the Esterházy Palace on the 8th September. The second will be performed In Wigmore Hall on the 19th September.
Rachel Kelly is debuting as Idamante in Mozart's masterpiece Idomeneo in August under the baton of Christian Curnyn and The Irish Chamber Orchestra. The performances take place on the 11th and 13th of August in the Kilkenny festival with a star-studded cast including John Mark Ainsley taking the title role, Rebecca Von Lipinski, and Irish Soprano Anna Devin.
Rachel will be performing Idamante later in the season again in the Maggio Musicale, Opera Firenze in an important production by Damiano Michieletto.
Details to be found at Idomeno - Kilkenny Arts Festival