Bruce Kelly

Baritone

 

Bruce Kelly

Baritone

 

Baritone Bruce Kelly’s extensive career has taken him to many of the important opera houses and concert halls of Europe, such as Nice, Strasbourg, Lieges, Avignon, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, and Moscow, as well as those of his native Canada.  He has appeared in a variety of leading roles including Germont (LA TRAVIATA), Der Sprecher (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), Walton (I PURITANI), Capulet (ROMÉO ET JULIETTE), Marcello (LA BOHEME), Sharpless (MADAMA BUTTERFLY), Falstaff (FALSTAFF), Lescaut (MANON LESCAUT), Wolfram (TANNHÄUSER), Garibaldo (RODELINDA), Doctor Engels (THE STUDENT PRINCE), Achillas (GIULIO CESARE), Abimelech (SAMSON ET DALILA) and Ernesto (IL PIRATA). He has performed on Canadian stages from coast to coast, with companies such as Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and l’Opéra de Québec.

In Canada Mr. Kelly has appeared as a frequent guest soloist with all the major orchestras, and abroad with orchestras such as the Prague Radio Symphony and the Symphony of Kunming, China, in works such as ELIJAH, CARMINA BURANA, the Bach Passions, THE CREATION, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Verdi, Brahms and other REQUIEM masses, and numerous Handel Oratorios including SAMSON and MESSIAH.  He appeared in the first national CBC radio broadcast of the Mozart orchestration of Handel’s MESSIAH, in the Canadian premiere of Paul McCartney’s LIVERPOOL ORATORIO, and gave the Canadian Premiere of the staged version of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING.  As a disciple of the Lieder tradition he has given uniquely dramatized performances of Schubert’s WINTERREISE, Mahler’s LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN, and dramatic readings of Ludwig Tieck’s DIE SCHÖNE MAGELONE and the accompanying Brahms cycle.

Recent and upcoming projects include Sacristan in a concert version of TOSCA for l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-rivières, Der Sprecher in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Der Musiklehrer in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Pacific Opera Victoria, MESSIAH and Mozart’s REQUEIM for the Kingston Symphony, EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING for the Talisker Players and Falke in DIE FLEDERMAUS for Calgary Opera.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            September 2016

Opera

Beethoven Don Fernando FIDELIO
Bellini Ernesto
Giorgio Walton
IL PIRATA
I PURITANI
Bizet Zuniga CARMEN
Britten Elder Son THE PRODIGAL SON
Donizetti Enrico LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Falla Manuel LA VIDA BREVE
Giannini Tranio THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Grétry Sando ZÉMIRE ET AZOR
Handel Achille
Garibaldo
GIULIO CESARE
RODELINDA
Henze Lescaut BOULEVARD SOLITUDE
Hoiby Antonio THE TEMPEST
Lehár Baron Zeta THE MERRY WIDOW
Leoncavallo Rodolfo
Tonio
LA BOHÈME
PAGLIACCI
Massenet The Devil
Caoudal
Vitellius
Athanaël
Lescaut
GRISÉLIDIS
SAPHO
HÉRODIADE
THAÏS
MANON
Millöcker Ollendorf DER BETTELSTUDENT
Mozart Dr. Bartolo
Don Alfonso
The Speaker
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
COSI FAN TUTTE
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Puccini Marcello
Sharpless
Lescaut
Ping/Mandarin
LA BOHÈME
MADAMA BUTERFLY
MANON LESCAUT
TURANDOT
Ravel Ramiro L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE
Romberg Dr. Engel THE STUDENT PRINCE
Rossini Ali L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI
Saint Saëns Abimélech
Henry
SAMSON ET DALILA
HENRY VIII
Strauss, J. Eisenstein/Falke
Prime Minister
DIE FLEDERMAUS
WIENER BLUT
Strauss, R. Fifth Jew SALOME
Sullivan Pish-Tush MIKADO
Telgmann The Colonel LEO, THE ROYAL CADET
Verdi Paulo
Germont
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
LA TRAVIATA
Wagner Biterolf TANNHÄUSER
Weber Ottokar DER FREISCHÜTZ
Willan, H. Conachar DEIRDRE

 

Concert

Bach, J.S. Johannes Passion
Matthäus Passion
Weihnachtsoratorium
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Israel in Egypt
Joshua
Alexander’s Feast
Samson
Haydn Die Jahreszeiten
Harmoniemesse
Nelson Messe
Die Schöpfung
Holman Requiem
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
McCartney, P. Requiem
Mendelssohn Elijah
St. Paul
Mozart Requiem
Krönungsmesse
Mass in C minor
Orff
Rossini
Carmina Burana
Petite Messe Solennelle
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Songs of Travel
Verdi Requiem
Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

“Le rôle du Sacristain va comme un gant à Bruce Kelly. Le baryton s’y glisse avec la bonhomie qui convient, certes, mais c’est la précision de son jeu qui épate le plus. Avec lui, non seulement chaque note, mais chaque mouvement et chaque pas tombent pile avec la partition.”
“The role of the Sacristan fits Bruce Kelly like a glove. The baritone slides into it with a simplicity that suits, certainly, but it is the precision of his performance that satisfies the most. With him, not only each note, but each movement, each step is perfectly timed for the role.”
Le Soleil – Yves Boisvert

“Bruce Kelly’s singing tonight was everything one would wish for in the role of the sacristan.”
Calgary Herald – Stephan Bonfield

“The richly timbered baritone in this case was Bruce Kelly.”
Leader-Post – David Green

“But, the star turn of the evening was baritone Bruce Kelly’s Doctor Engel. Kelly acted so quietly and sang so well that he seemed to have been flown in from another higher budget and altogether superior production. (The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre)
The Globe and Mail – Ken Winters

“Of the minor characters, Bruce Kelly stood out for his assured stage presence and rich baritone.”
(MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with Pacific Opera Victoria)
Times Colonist – Susan Down

“Bruce Kelly as Sharpless was his usual class act, vocally sure and character sound.”
Opera Canada – Paula Citron

Listen

“Die provenza il mar” from La Traviata by Verdi