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Biography (from Janis' Website)
Heralded as a “singing actress of near genius” (Sunday Times) who “has such natural grace and emotional eloquence that she cannot fail to touch the heart” (Independent), soprano Janis Kelly originated the title role of Rufus Wainwright’s “Prima Donna” in Manchester, with subsequent performances in London and Toronto. At the opera’s debut, the Financial Times summed: “In the Callas-like title role Janis Kelly gives the performance of her life.”
A regular soloist with numerous companies around the globe, including the English National Opera, Opera North and the Opera Factory, Kelly’s current and forthcoming appearances include Madame Jouvenot in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur and Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden; Mrs. Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and Lani in David Sawer’s Skin Deep‚ a new Opera North commission directed by Richard Jones.
She can be seen as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot in the film The Life of David Gale and performing Verdi’s La Traviata in Woody Allen’s film Match Point. Recordings include four award-winning albums for the Inspector Morse television soundtracks (Virgin); the soundtracks for Street Scene‚ A Little Night Music‚ Showboat and Brigadoon (TER Records); and three solo recordings The Moment, Waltz of my Heart and La Mia Vita Mia Voce (Dress Circle). Kelly made her directorial debut with Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at Grange Park Opera‚ where she has since directed Iolanthe as the inaugural production of the company’s new theatre.
Janis Kelly studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in her native Glasgow‚ at the Royal College of Music in London and with Elisabeth Grummer in Paris.