Kelly Curtin, lyric coloratura soprano, has been lauded for her “crystal-clear soprano” (Opera News) and the “lovely fullness” of her voice (New York Classical Review). She has performed such roles as Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Donna Anna and Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi and Despina (Così fan tutte), Micaëla and Frasquita (Carmen), Tisbe (Piramo e Tisbe) (Hasse), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Le Feu and Le Rossignol (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Valentina (Later the Same Evening), Ms. Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Papagena and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Rose (Street Scene) and Angelina (Trial by Jury).
A lover of oratorio, Ms. Curtin has appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Helena Symphony in 2016, and again in 2017 for their Christmas in the Cathedral concerts. She was to return to the Helena Symphony for the third time in December 2020 to perform as the soprano soloist in J.C. Bach's Gloria, but the concert was re-programed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also performed Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" with CoroAllegro (DE), and Vivaldi's Gloria with Market Street Music's Noontime concert series (DE). In December of 2018, Ms. Curtin joined the St. Louis Church Concert Series in their Christmas presentation singing "Et incarnatus est" from Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor. A recording of this performance is available on Ms. Curtin's YouTube Channel.
Ms. Curtin begins the 2021/22 as Despina in St. Pete Opera's production of Così fan tutte. She returns to CoroAllegro in Delaware as the Soprano Soloist in Gjielo's Dreamweaver, and Bel Cantanti Opera in a concert of opera favorites including The Queen of the Night's Act II aria, and The Doll Song. Ms. Curtin returns to St. Pete Opera in June of 2022 as the title character in La Fille du Régiment. This is Ms. Curtin's anticipated debut in the role, on hold since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
From the beginning of the pandemic, Ms. Curtin has participated in socially distant filmings, concerts, and virtual productions to try to bring music and art into the homes of people that are looking to soothe their tired souls in such a stressful time. During the summer months, she performed outdoor concerts for residents at senior living communities who would listen from their balconies, or the front yard. In October, she joined Bel Cantanti Opera in several Maryland State Parks to film a socially distant version of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Curtin performed as Gretel in that production, which is currently available to stream here Hansel and Gretel.
Also recorded during the pandemic, a recital that Ms. Curtin recorded for St. Pete Opera's Artist Recital Series. She was featured on the series in a combined 90 minute recital and interview. Musical excerpts include selections from La Sonnambula, Alcina, Die Zauberflöte, Louise, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, and Candide. Excerpts from the recital are available on YouTube as well.
Also available for streaming, is a virtual production of the Gonzales Cantata on In Series Opera's InVision Virtual Opera House. The cantata, a Handelian style work by composer Melissa Dunphy, takes the text of the Senate Judiciary Hearings on former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' misconduct in 2007. In an effort to highlight the lack of women on the committee, Ms. Dunphy reversed all of the gender roles of the characters. In this virtual production, Ms. Curtin portrays Senator Patrick Leahy, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Click here to stream: Gonzales Cantata.
One final pandemic project that is currently in post-production; a new musical work, Shakespearean Equation, Julius Caesar based on the painting by Man Ray. The work was commissioned as a part of the Short Gems project with the New Music Theatre Alliance and was written by Susan Galbraith and composed by Andrew Earle Simpson. Ms. Curtin portrays a Mannequin that comes out of the storage closet to antagonize the headless bust of Caesar. Final product to come.
Ms. Curtin has won several awards and honors including 1st prize in the Lansdowne Symphony Youth Auditions, 2nd prize in the Kennett Symphony Vocal Competition, and honorable mention at the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition for Opera at Florham. In 2009, she won first prize in the Austrian-American Society Scholarship Competition; the prize being a scholarship to the Internationale Sommerakademie der Universität, Mozarteum in Salzburg. While there, she worked with Elio Battaglia, Tom Krause, and Edda Moser and performed in several concerts while enjoying the beautiful city of Salzburg. Most recently she was a semi-finalist at the Opera Birmingham Competition in 2014, The American Prize Opera Competition in 2015, and 2nd prize winner at the Connecticut Opera American Opera Idol Competition in 2017.
Ms. Curtin holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Delaware and a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She studies with Mark Oswald in NYC, and is grateful to have been sponsored in her previous studies by a generous grant from the Jean Collat Memorial Fund.