Frank Kelley’s 2014–2015 season included a return to Florentine Opera in two roles—as Joseph in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights and in his stage directing debut for Elmer Gantry; as well as a return to Odyssey Opera in Boston as Victorin in Die tote Stadt.
Mr. Kelley’s performances with Boston Lyric Opera include Triquet in Eugene Onegin, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Goro in Madama Butterfly, and Spoletta in Tosca. With Opera Boston he appeared as Raoul in Offenbach’s La vie parisienne, the Kavalier in Hindemith’s Cardillac, and the Magician in The Consul. His other recent operatic appearances include Grandpa Joe in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Wexford Festival Opera; Spoletta in Tosca, Pang in Turandot, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera, and the United Way in Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers with The Dallas Opera and Opéra de Monte Carlo. Frank Kelley appears on the PBS broadcasts of Peter Sellars’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. He also has long associations with Boston’s premier concert organizations, including multiple performances of Bach Cantatas with Emmanuel Music under the direction of Craig Smith, Christopher Hogwood, and Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Kelley’s recordings include three Deutsche Harmonia Mundi albums with the ensemble Sequentia, a Teldec release of Stravinsky’s Renard with Hugh Wolff and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kurt Weill’s Das Kleine Mahagonny with Kent Nagano, and Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, which received a 2012 Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition.