Kelley O'Connor
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Kelley O'Connor

Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2017–18 season, her symphonic calendar includes performances of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah, with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and with Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada leading the Tonkunstler Orchestra; and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Krzysztof Urbański and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She returns to the Kennedy Center for John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, marking her first collaboration with Gianandrea Noseda, and sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Jun Märkl and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. O’Connor gives the World Premiere of a song cycle by Bryce Dessner at Carnegie Hall with Robert Spano leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; later in the season she joins Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony for the World Premiere of a new work written for her by Michael Kurth.

Her recent highlights include Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Louis Langrée and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berio’s Folk Songs with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano and the Minnesota Orchestra, and David Zinman leading the Berlin Philharmonic.

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