Kelley Hollis is a singing actress who is swiftly garnering the attention of the classical community with her intriguing voice and unique interpretations of contemporary works. In spring of this year, Kelley performed a concert at the Prague Castle, accompanied by the Prague Castle Guard Band, along with a series of recitals as a featured artist with the Americké jaro festival in the Czech Republic. Most recently Kelley was invited to become a core member (and the only singer) for Juventas New Music Ensemble in Boston, Massachusetts.
Last year, Kelley debuted the role of Mimi in the all-female production of Puccini’s La femme boheme, produced by Mass Opera (previously Metrowest Opera) and directed by Julia Mintzer. In the fall of 2016 she reprised the role of Eliza for the Midwest premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters with Chicago’s Third Eye Theater Ensemble. That same month she also appeared as the First Orphan in The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, alongside Renee Fleming and Susan Graham. Last November, Kelley sang her first Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale under the baton of Maestro Edward Markward. Some of Ms. Hollis’ other noteble concert repertoire includes Faure’s Requiem, Honegger’s King David, Brahm’s Requiem, as well as Mozart’s Requiem. In 2015, Ms. Hollis made her Boston Symphony Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, performing with the BU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Hoose.
Ms. Hollis is a graduate of the Boston University Opera Institute. Her credits with the company include the title role in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Eliza in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, Micaela in Le Tragedie de Carmen, and Harper in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America. In 2016 Kelley performed the role of Beth in Metrowest Opera’s production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women and in 2014 Kelley performed the role of Nina in the New England premiere of Pasatieri’s The Seagull, presented by Opera del West. Additionally Kelley was a young artist with Chautauqua Opera and the Castleton Festival, where she covered the role of Musetta in La boheme. In 2014, Ms. Hollis was a finalist for Lyric Opera Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and in 2013 she was a semi-finalist in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition. In 2011 Kelley received an encouragement award at the district level from the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Kelley Hollis is currently a student of soprano Lynn Eustis. She received both her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.