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‚ Concert platforms and to Hollywood films and Soundtracks. Glasgow born, she was a prize winning student at the RSAMD and the RCM where she teaches and was recently honoured as the Chair in Vocal Performance as a titled Professor. Originating the title role of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, the Financial Times summed: “In the Callas-like title role Janis Kelly gives the performance of her life.”Manchester International Festival (World Premiere)‚ Sadlers Wells‚ Toronto‚ Portland; at ROH and Teatro Real‚ Madrid‚ and on CD (Deutsche Grammophon).
Most recent and future appearances include Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw for English National Opera and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre‚ Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington and English National Opera)‚ Mrs Lovett Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera) Mrs Nixon Nixon in China (Metropolitan Opera‚ New York and (Omroep Muziek)‚ Lady Billows Albert Herring (Los Angeles Opera)‚ Hazel George in the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ The Perfect American (Teatro Real‚ Madrid and English National Opera)‚ Marcellina (Garsington)‚ Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw and Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave (Théâtre du Capitole‚ Toulouse)‚ Berta Il Barbiere di Siviglia‚ Madame Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur and Nella Gianni Schicchi (Royal Opera House)‚ Berta (Glyndebourne Festival)‚ Christine Intermezzo (Buxton Festival)‚ Sister Helen in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Eugene Opera‚ Oregon); Foreign Princess Rusalka (Grange Park)‚ and Façade with Sir Mark Elder.
A favourite at English National roles include Countess‚ Alcina‚ Rose Street Scene‚ Mrs Naidoo Satyagraha‚ Mrs Nixon‚ Yum Yum‚ Despina‚ Romilda Xerxes. For Opera North‚ she sang Violetta‚ Magda‚ Magnolia in the award winning co-production with the RSC of Showboat‚ Vixen (also in Barcelona)‚ Countess‚ Musetta La bohème‚ 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 and roles included Alice Falstaff‚ Miss Jessel‚ Kuma The Enchantress and Elisabetta Maria Stuarda. Further engagements include Mrs Nixon in Athens‚ Rosalinde with Opera Ireland and for Scottish Opera‚ Semele Flanders Festival‚ (Buxton), Sarah Clemency (ROH2‚ Edinburgh Festival / Scottish Opera) and all Da Ponte Operas for Opera Factory and Channel 4 films.
A celebrated concert performer Janis performed Weill the Matrix Ensemble, Poulenc with the RPO‚ Strauss with the LFO‚ Sullivan with the Halle‚ Bach with the SCO and Schubert with the Nash Ensemble, the Purcell Room‚ the Grand Theatre‚ Geneva‚ the Aix-en-Provence Festival, in Quangzchou ,China and for BBC Radio and several BBC Proms. Janis can be seen as Liu Turandot in the Hollywood film The Life of David Gale‚ Violetta in Woody Allen’s Match Point and Casta Diva on the soundtrack for When Did You Last See Your Father and TV series including Inspector Morse‚ Lewis and Endeavour‚ and music of Patrick Doyle. Recordings : The Pirates of Penzance and The Sorcerer (Brent Walker Film Company). Discs include Faure with Malcolm Martineau for Hyperion, Tchaikovsky’s Incidental Music to Hamlet with the LPO for Chandos‚ Street Scene‚ A Little Night Music‚ Showboat and Brigadoon for TER Records‚ award-winning albums for the Morse soundtracks on Virgin Records and The Maid of the Mountains on Hyperion. Janis also has solo CDs on sale exclusively at Dress Circle (www.dresscircle.co.uk). Her films “Singing in English’ and “A History of Vocal Teaching” are available from her website and the RCM. www.janiskellysoprano.com