Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor’s (Erda) 2016–17 season includes her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in a program of Brahms, Purcell, and Stravinsky with Thomas Adès, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Matthias Pintscher and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Louis Langrée and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. O’Connor also joins Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic for Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. In recital, the California native returns to Collaborative Arts Institute Chicago in songs of Debussy, Massenet, Chausson, and Canteloube; joins Louis Langrée, as pianist, for recital programs in Cincinnati featuring songs of Brahms and Ravel; and is accompanied by her frequent collaborator, Donald Runnicles, at the Grand Teton Music Festival in works by Brahms and Bernstein.
Kelley O’Connor has won acclaim for her performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar in her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano, which led to a Grammy Award–winning recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Her discography also includes Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon.