Matthew Kelly Biography

Hometown: Manassas, Virginia


Christopher Newport University, Honors Bachelor of Music with Distinction

University of Notre Dame, Master of Sacred Music

Ohio Light Opera – Young Artist 2015 & 2016

Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts

Past Highlights:
Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Foster Wilson, Annie Get Your Gun!, Ohio Light Opera
Gontran, La vie Parisienne, Ohio Light Opera
Don Basilio / Curzio, Le nozze di Figaro, Zeiders American Dream Theater
King Solomon, Paradiso, by Robert Kyr (world premier), International Dante Project

Previously at VO:
I was in the chorus of The Magic Flute in the fall of 2013 and covered the 1st Priest and 1st Armored Man.

This Season at VO:
Joe in La fanciulla del West
Tenor in the touring outreach production

A native of Virginia, Matt Kelly, tenor, comes to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival after completing a Master of Sacred Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, he conducted the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and performed regularly with the Notre Dame Vocale, Notre Dame Medieval Quartet, and OperaND. Mr. Kelly will join Virginia Opera as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist for the 2017-18 season. This year he sings the Evangelist in Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie, King Solomon in the world premier of Robert Kyr’s Paradiso with Sacred Music at Notre Dame, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with OperaND, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the HPAF, and is featured on a recording of “Frosty the Snowman” with Grammy Award winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. A performer and scholar, Mr. Kelly’s paper on the Georgian era singer-composer Michael Kelly was published in The Cupola in 2015.