Next Engagements

March 27th, 2020


Postponed: La Traviata

Aria Club of Washington DC

May 29th - June 7th


Postponed: La Fille du Régiment

St. Pete Opera

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Recent Press

Tisbe in Piramo e Tisbe

Stephen Jude Tietjen, Opera News

The three artists singing on March 24 each gave indelible performances that should count among the finest and most complete interpretations heard in New York this season...As Tisbe, Kelly Curtin sang with a crystal- clear soprano that was as round and full at the very bottom of her range as it was in some expertly executed stratospheric embellishments. Both she and Gorstein surrendered themselves completely to the physicality of their roles.

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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 returns to the Helena Symphony for the third time in December to perform as the soprano soloist in J.C. Bach's Gloria. 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.

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 the In Series Opera (DC) as Micaëla in Le Cabaret de Carmen, based on the Peter Brook 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 have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. There are plans for both productions to be rescheduled to a future date.

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.

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 due to a generous grant from the Jean Collat Memorial Fund.

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