Janis Kelly (soprano)
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Janis Kelly Soprano

Janis Kelly is a Scottish operatic soprano and voice teacher. She is Professor and Chair of Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music in London.[1]

Early life

Kelly was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal College of Music. Following this, she studied under Elisabeth Grümmer in Paris. [2]

Career and reception

Operatic appearances

Kelly has performed with the English National Opera for over 30 years. Her roles at the ENO have included Marcellina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Mrs Grose in Britten's The Turn of the Screw. [3] In 2009 she starred as Régine Saint Laurent in the premiere of Prima Donna, written by Rufus Wainwright. Reviewing the performance in The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen described Kelly as an 'amazing chameleon'.[4] She appeared as Pat Nixon in John Adams' Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 2011. The New York Times described her performance as 'wonderful'.[5]

Film and television

Kelly's recording of Verdi's La traviata was featured in the 2005 Woody Allen film Match Point. [6] Recordings by Kelly including a performance of the aria Senza Mamma from Puccini's Suor Angelica appeared on the British ITV television series Inspector Morse.


  1. ^ "Professor Janis Kelly". rcm.ac.uk. Royal College of Music. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Janis Kelly (soprano)". roh.org.uk. Royal Opera House. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Janis Kelly". www.eno.org. English National Opera. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Christiansen, Rupert (19 June 2009). "The Manchester International Festival:'Janis Kelly is an amazing chameleon'". telegraph.co.uk. Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (3 February 2011). "President and Opera, on Unexpected Stages". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Janis Kelly". bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2020.

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