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Biography

Kelsey Robertson has been praised by the New York Times for her “verisimilitude” and “legato.” In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Robertson completed her second year as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera covering the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and performing the role of the Shepherd boy in Tosca. Kelsey recently placed as a finalist in the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition and the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition.

In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Robertson made her debut as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera covering the roles of Giovanna and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and performing the role of Kate in the family performance of Pirates of Penzance. In the Spring of 2017, Ms. Robertson made her New York City Opera debut in the role of Fuego in the U.S. premiere of Los Elementos. The New York Classical Review praised her performance for her “fierce, smoky mezzo” and “ferocious coloratura.”In the summer of 2016, Ms. Robertson returned for a second season as an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, frequently performing in recitals including “The Intimate Rossini” at the Venetian Theatre.

Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. During her time at Eastman, her operatic highlights included the roles of Mrs. Jones in Street Scene and the title role in Xerxes. Ms. Robertson’s award credits include Eastman School of Music Vocal Concerto Competition Winner and 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner.

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“Parto, ma tu ben mio” / La clemenza di Tito (Mozart)

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OPERA PERFORMANCES

Cherubino (cover), Le nozze di Figaro, Palm Beach Opera, March 2018
Shepherd,
 Tosca, Palm Beach Opera, January 2018
Bridesmaid, Le nozze di Figaro, Palm Beach Opera, March 2018
Fuego, Los Elementos,New York City Opera, 2017
Kate (cover), Pirates of Penzance, Palm Beach Opera, 2017
Edith (cover), Pirates of Penzance, Palm Beach Opera, 2017
Giovanna (cover), Rigoletto, Palm Beach Opera ,2017
Countess Ceprano (cover), Rigoletto, Palm Beach Opera, 2017
Xerxes, Xerxes, Eastman School of Music, 2014
Mrs. Jones, Street Scene, Eastman School of Music, 2013
Antonia, A Wedding, Oberlin Opera Theater, 2011

CONCERTS & RECITALS

Soloist, Joyfulness in Song, Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, 2017
Soloist, 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson, Eastman Symphony Orchestra, 2014
Soloist, Bach Magnificat, Rochester Third Presbyterian Church, 2012
Soloist, Duruflé Requiem, Oberlin College Choir, 2011
Soloist, Honegger’s King David, Oberlin Musical Union, 2011

AWARDS & COMPETITIONS

Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, Finalist,  2019
Opera at Florham Violetta DuPont Competition, Finalist, 2019
Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, Third Prize Winner,  2019
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Colorado/Wyoming District, Finalist, 2019
Eastman School of Music, Vocal Concerto Competition Winner, 2013

INTERNSHIP

Bread & Roses, Non-profit organization that brings live music to people who live in institutions and other isolated communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2011

TRAINING & OUTREACH

Apprentice Artist, Palm Beach Opera, Apprentice Artist Program, 2017-2018
Apprentice Artist, Palm Beach Opera, Apprentice Artist Program, 2016-2017
Emerging Artist, Lotte Lehmann Akademie, International Training Program, 2016
Season Artist, Opera Saratoga, Outreach Program, 2016
Apprentice Artist, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Young Artist Program, 2016
Apprentice Artist, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Young Artist Program, 2015
Master of Music, Eastman School of Music, Vocal Performance and Literature, 2014
Festival ArtistWintergreen Music Festival, Lotte Lehmann Masterclasses, 2013
Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Vocal Performance, 2012
Young Artist, Harrower Opera Workshop, Opera and Scenes, 2011

EDUCATION

Master of Music Eastman School of Music, Vocal Performance and Literature, 2014
Bachelor of Music Oberlin Conservatory, Vocal Performance, 2012
Voice Teachers: Braeden Harris, Carol Webber, Salvatore Champagne, Jacklyn Schneider
Coaches: Rachelle Jonck, Timothy Long, Russell Miller, Benton Hess, Hugh Murphy
Directors: Steven Daigle, Jonathon Field, Copeland Woodruff
Conductors: Will Crutchfield, Steven Byess, Paul O’Dette, Christopher Larkin
Special Skills: Extensive dance and piano training

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