A professional operatic contralto, Melissa Kelly has done on-stage comedy, drama, opera, and musical theater. Vocally she has a low, warm, dark, rich, full sound appropriate especially for character acting but also versatile enough for straight drama and narration. She's won awards for her comedic performances (Best Supporting Actress for Gertrude in Steve Martin's The Underpants) and accolades for her dramatic performances ("Mamma Lucia... was artfully portrayed and beguilingly sung by [contralto] Melissa Kelly").
English (North American), English
Middle Aged, Senior
Selected opera performances:
OPERA: Suor Angelica ROLE: La Zia Principessa COMPANY: Regina Opera (Brooklyn)
OPERA: Cavalleria Rusticana ROLE: Mamma Lucia COMPANY: Regina Opera (Brooklyn)
OPERA: Beauty and the Beast ROLE: Narrator COMPANY: DiCapo Opera
OPERA: Down in the Valley ROLE: The Leader (narrator) COMPANY: NYU Steinhardt Chamber Opera
Selected musical theater performances:
MUSICAL: Beauty and the Beast ROLE: The Wardrobe COMPANY: Chattanooga Theatre Centre
MUSICAL: Urinetown: The Musical ROLE: Little Becky Two-Shoes COMPANY: Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Selected theater performances:
PLAY: Steve Martin's The Underpants ROLE: Gertrude COMPANY: Chattanooga Theatre Centre
PLAY: David Sedaris; Season's Greetings ROLE: n/a (monologue) COMPANY: Chattanooga Theatre Centre
BM in Vocal Performance - University of Tennesse Knoxville
MM in Classical Vocal Performance - New York University
Computer & Software
Lenovo Ideapad U310, Audacity
Sennheiser HD202 studio headphones, YAMAHA Portable Grand DGX-640
digital, cdr, dvdr
Melissa Kelly is expressive, highly intelligent, and has worked successfully with a variety of directors, producers and musicians consistently throughout her career. She's easy to work with and consistently delivers quality, whether it be onstage or off.
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