Kellie J. Van Horn
Mezzo-soprano
John Moriarity Encouragement Award, 2002
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Mezzo-soprano Kellie Van Horn has sung with regional companies throughout the United States, including Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Colorado, and Boston Midsummer Opera. Highlights among her operatic performances have included Charlotte in Werther and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermausin Sarasota, the title role in Carmen with Commonwealth Opera (Northampton, MA), Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin Des Moines, and Anne Lindbergh in the world premiere ofCary John Franklin’s Loss of Eden in St. Louis. Ms. Van Horn also sang the role of Dido in a semi-staged concert performance of Dido and Aeneus for the Miami-based chamber choir Seraphic Fire. She has made numerous concert appearances, most notably with the Hartford Symphony in Handel’s “Messiah” and the Mozart “Mass in C Minor,” and has appeared with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano as the title role in La périchole, Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate, and the Old Lady in Candide.

 

In more recent years Ms. Van Horn has taken a step back from the professional singing world in order to support the career of her husband, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. Since 2006, however, she has continued to maintain a working relationship with Massachusetts-based composer Joseph Summer, for whom she has sung the premieres of more than ten new works in Summer’s series entitled The Shakespeare Concerts, along with works by Berlioz, Korngold, Poulenc and Stravinsky.   

 

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Kellie received a Bachelor of Music from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, and a Master of Music degree in Voice/Opera at Yale University. She spent two summers during her graduate studies as an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, appearing on the main stage as Cefisa in Rossini’s Ermione and the Third Maid in Strauss’ Elektra. As a Shorter student, Kellie also supplemented her training while spending a summer with faculty members of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She was a national MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Award winner.

 


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