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), Donna Anna and Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers), Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Le Feu and Le Rossignol (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Fiordiligi and Despina (Così fan tutte), Tisbe (Piramo e Tisbe) (Hasse), Frasquita (Carmen), 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 began the 2019/20 season with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) as Eva Peron, in their theater arm's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. She then returned to In Series Opera (DC) as Micaëla in Le Cabaret de Carmen, based on Peter Brook's reduction of Bizet's opera. As Micaëla, Ms. Curtin's scenes were named "the vocal highlights" of the production (Washington Classical Review). The 2020 spring season would have continued with Ms. Curtin's role debut of Violetta in La Traviata with the Aria Club of DC, and her much anticipated debut as Marie in La fille du régiment with St. Pete Opera in Florida. Sadly, both productions were canceled as well, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are plans for both productions to be rescheduled to a future date.
Since 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 should be available for streaming in the coming weeks.
Available for streaming now, is a recital that Ms. Curtin recorded for St. Pete Opera's Artist Recital Series. She is 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. The recital can be streamed until December 31st, 2020 by purchasing tickets at this link: Kelly Curtin, Artist Recital.
Also available for streaming now, 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.
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.