Janis Kelly, Soprano
Widely recognized as one of the great singing actresses of her generation Janis Kelly’s work continues to take her to the World’s leading Opera Houses ranging from the Operatic and Concert platform to Hollywood films and Soundtracks.
Most recent and future appearances include Mrs Nixon Nixon in China (Metropolitan Opera New York) Lady Billows Albert Herring (Los Angeles Opera) Hazel George in the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ The Perfect American about the last days of Walt Disney’s life (Teatro Real Madrid and English National Opera) Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw and Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave (Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse) Madame Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur and Nella Gianni Schicchi (Royal Opera House) Sister Helen Dead Man Walking for Eugene Opera Oregon; Foreign Princess Rusalka (Grange Park) the title role in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna in Manchester Sadlers Wells Toronto Portland and in concert at ROH Christine Intermezzo (Buxton Festival) Sarah Clemency (ROH2 Edinburgh Festival / Scottish Opera) and Façade with Sir Mark Elder.
Janis Kelly studied at the RSAMD (now Royal Scottish Conservatoire) in her native Glasgow at the Royal College of Music in London and with Elisabeth Grummer in Paris. She has had a long association with English National Opera where roles have included Countess Marriage of Figaro Alcina Rose Street Scene Mrs Naidoo Satyagraha Mrs Nixon Iris The Fairy Queen Yum Yum The Mikado Despina Cosi fan Tutte Romilda Xerxes as well as roles in operas by Monteverdi Purcell Humperdink Offenbach Birtwistle and Glass. A regular guest at Opera North she has performed Violetta La Traviata Magda La Rondine Lania Skin Deep (World Premiere) Magnolia in the award winning co-production with the RSC of Showboat The Cunning Little Vixen (also in Barcelona) Countess Musetta La Boheme Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier and Electra Idomeneo.
Janis made her directorial debut with Cosi fan tutte at Grange Park Opera where she has since directed Iolanthe as the inaugural production in their new theatre. Roles sung with Grange Park include Queen Clémentine Barbebleu Alice Falstaff Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw Kuma The Enchantress and Elisabetta Maria Stuarda. Further engagements include Mrs Nixon in Athens Iris with Flanders Opera Rosalinde Die Fledermaus with Opera Ireland and for Scottish Opera Iris Semele with Les Arts Florissants/William Christie in Aix-en-Provence Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte and Amaranta in Haydn’s La Fedelta Premiata at Garsington Opera and La Finta Semplice at Buxton.
Janis made frequent appearances in David Freeman’s productions for Opera Factory singing Ottavia The Coronation of Poppea Juno La Calisto as well as recording Susanna Zerlina and Despina in their Mozart cycle for Channel 4 TV and Flora The Knot Garden for Chanel 4 Films. She has performed Weill with the Matrix Ensemble/Robert Ziegler and Handel with Les Arts Florissants/Christie at the BBC Proms; in the UK she has sung Poulenc with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Strauss with the London Festival Orchestra Sullivan with the Halle Bach with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Schubert with the Nash Ensemble. An experienced recitalist she has sung at the Purcell Room the Grand Theatre Geneva the Aix-en-Provence Festival and for BBC Radio.
Janis can be seen as Liu Turandot in the Hollywood blockbuster The Life of David Gale Violetta in Woody Allen’s Match Point and singing Casta Diva on the soundtrack for When Did You Last See Your Father. She has performed for many TV series including Inspector Morse Lewis and in 2012 sang Butterfly and Liu on ITV’s Endeavour also on DVD. Recordings include DVDs of The Pirates of Penzance and The Sorcerer (Brent Walker Film Company). Discs include Tchaikovsky’s Incidental Music to Hamlet with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Chandos Street Scene A Little Night Music Showboat and Brigadoon for TER Records four award-winning albums for the Morse soundtracks on Virgin Records and The Maid of the Mountains on Hyperion. Janis also has three solo CDs on sale exclusively at Dress Circle (www.dresscircle.co.uk).