Kelly Hill, mezzo-soprano, is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in vocal studies at the University of Iowa as the Iowa Performance Fellow and student of Stephen Swanson.
Most recently, Kelly portrayed the title role in Peter Brook's adaptation of La tragédie de Carmen with the University of Iowa Opera Theater. Also, she was delighted to return the home of her professional debut, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, by singing the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, nearly a decade after covering the same role as a Young Artist with the company. She looks forward to debuting with her hometown symphony, The Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, in the upcoming world premiere of Jacob Banck's opera Karkinos in February of 2022.
Additional Iowa credits include taking on the role of Jo March in The University of Iowa Opera Theater's production of Mark Adamo's Little Women. She also made her hometown operatic debut as Marcellina in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with the Opera Quad Cities. She appeared as soloist in Hadyn's Missa in tempore belli and Karl Jenkin's The Armed Man with the combined choirs and orchestra of the University of Iowa under the direction of Dr. Timothy Stalter, and joined Dr. David Puderbaugh and the Chamber Singers of Iowa City on works of Vivaldi and C.P.E. Bach. Furthermore, she soloed with the choirs and orchestra of Cornell College for the U.S. premiere of Douwe Eisenga's The Flood, Requiem.
East coast performances included a return to the Opera Theater of Connecticut as Carmen, as well as a debut with the Hartford Opera Theater as Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible. Other Connecicut credits include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with OTC, and Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes with Madison Lyric Stage.
Kelly performed the role of Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with the Yale Cabaret. Other Yale credits include the role of La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica, Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Both Lucretia and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Marta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
During the summer of 2014, Kelly had the privilege of singing the title role in Bizet's Carmen at the Aspen Music School and Festival. As a recipient of the Charles Wall Fellowship, Kelly sang in a master class given by world-renowned soprano, Debbie Voigt, and collaborated with AMFS CEO and President, Alan Fletcher, on his original composition, Psalm 23.
Past concert work includes performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She sang as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Yale Philharmonia, as well as Magna Opera, a concert of opera scenes with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Previously, Kelly has worked as a Young Artist with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, spent two summers as a Studio Artist at Central City Opera, as well as two summers as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. Kelly is a native of Iowa, and received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Her Master's of Music degree and Artist Diploma were completed at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Doris Yarick-Cross. She is also a student of Braeden Harris.