Whether she is seeing into the future as Ulrica, cackling her way into the hearts of Hansel and Gretel or reliving her mother’s death at the stake as Azucena, Sondra Kelly is known for her sumptuous dramatic mezzo and passionately strong characterizations.
Ms. Kelly’s professional career began at the Metropolitan Opera, where she appeared in more than 250 performances of 23 different roles ranging from Wagner to Mozart. She has worked with many notable conductors and directors such as James Levine, Carlos Kleiber, James Conlon, Otto Schenk, Franco Zeffirelli and Giancarlo del Monaco, to name a few. In 1993 she made her much anticipated European debut as Ulrica in a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera directed by Gotz Friedricd at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Soon after that other debuts included Grand Theatre de Geneve, TML de Lausanne, Bregenz Festspiele and Hennessy Opera throughout Japan, China and Vietnam.
She has also been heard in the United States in the opera houses of Long Beach, Kansas City, Charlotte, Tampa, Florida Grand, Glimmerglass and Hawaii Opera Theater, amongst others.
Her recordings include Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammaphon and Koch Schwann and her videos and DVD’s are all “Live from the Met”.