photo by Lisa Kohler

Kelly Kaduce  
New England First Place Winner 1999  
National Council Winner 1999


After joining the Minnesota Orchestra as Cio-Cio San in a concert performance of Madama Butterfly in August, Kelly Kaduce begins the 2015-16 season with a return to Boston Lyric Opera as Mimì in La bohème; she goes on to Houston Grand Opera for performances in the title role of Tosca, and to Minnesota Opera to encore her Rusalka and also to create the role of Wendy Torrance in Paul Moravec’s The Shining. Her 2014-15 engagements included her debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Katya in The Passenger and with Canadian Opera Company as Cio-Cio San, a return to Florida Grand Opera in that role, and a return to Houston Grand Opera as Helmwige in Die Walküre. In the 2013-14 season the soprano made her debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Katja in Weinberg’s Die Passagierin (The Passenger) and Utah Opera as Liù in Turandot, and revisited Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Blanche de La Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Minnesota Opera in the title role of Manon Lescaut, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She also returned to Houston to sing Micaëla in a concert version of Carmen.


A native of Winnebago, Minnesota, Kelly Kaduce is a graduate of both St. Olaf College and the Boston University Opera Institute. The soprano began her career in 2000-2001 as Mimì in La bohème with Opera Delaware, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Sarasota Opera, roles she encored the next season at Minnesota Opera and Opera Colorado respectively, adding Marguerite in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera and at Florida Grand Opera. Gretel was the role of her New York City Opera debut in 2002, followed by Mimì in a return to Florida and with Lyric Opera of Waco, and her first Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Atlanta Opera and Micaëla at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois.


A versatile singer and actress, Kelly has since made Puccini’s heroines signature roles while excelling in contemporary opera, including many American and world premieres. She has appeared as Mimì with Opera Delaware, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera,  Lyric Opera of Waco, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Portland Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Grand Rapids, and in the Los Angeles production of Baz Luhrmann's La bohème. The soprano also appeared as Cio-Cio San at Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, West Australian Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She was Suor Angelica in Saint Louis, at Florida, and at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, and Liù in Turandot in Minnesota and Utah. Mozart has also appeared often on Kelly’s calendar, notably Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Florida and Eugene Opera. Other career highlights in traditional repertoire have included Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Company of St. Louis, Arizona Opera Company, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Omaha and Florida Grand Opera; Micaëla with Nashville Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Nashville Opera, and Malmö Opera, the title role in Rusalka with l'Opéra de Montréal, Opera Colorado and Minnesota Opera, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and the title roles in Salome in St. Louis and Thaïs with Boston Lyric Opera. Verdi roles have included Violetta in La traviata with Opera Tulsa and Malmö Opera and Desdemona in Otello at Kentucky Opera.


Since early in her career Kelly has excelled in contemporary roles, beginning with her Santa Fe Opera debut as The Chinese Actress and ZhiZhen in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao in the summer of 2003. Subsequently she was Caroline Gaines in the 2004-05 season world premiere of Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison’s Margaret Garner at Michigan Opera Theater, encoring the role with Opera Company of Philadelphia. She returned to Santa Fe Opera for the American premiere of Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of Soul as Princess Lan, and encored the role in Philadelphia. The soprano also returned to St. Louis for the American premiere of Michael Berkeley’s Jane Eyre, and appeared as Rosashorn in the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath in Minnesota, in the title role of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina first for Florida Grand Opera and then Opera Theater of St. Louis, and as Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night first in Minnesota and then with Opera Company of Philadelphia. Kelly has also sung the title role in Carlysle Floyd’s Susannah for Opera Orlando, Birdie in Marc Blitzstein’s Reginaat Bard's SummerScape Festival, and Patricia Nixon in Nixon in China with Eugene Opera.



Ms. Kaduce is represented by Herbert Barrett Management, Inc.

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