Originally from Los Angeles, California, mezzo soprano Kelly Morel has now made her home in Kansas City, Missouri where she performs regularly with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and throughout the Plains region.
She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in 2017 at the University of Missouri, KC and made her Topeka Symphony debut as the Alto Soloist in Mahler's Resurrection Symphony under the baton of Kyle Pickett. Since then she has traveled twice each to Bulgaria and San Diego, CA to perform leading operatic roles with the Varna International Opera Academy and Opera NEO.
For the 2018-2019 season Ms. Morel was the Mezzo Resident Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, making her KC Opera debut as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She returned in Spring 2020 for two more role debuts: Alisa in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Mrs. Massey in Paul Moravec's The Shining, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.
In December 2020, Ms. Morel debuted the role of the Mother in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in an all-new Lyric Opera of Kansas City production utilizing newly-created puppets, designed by Kansas City’s legendary puppet master, Paul Mesner.
In the summer of 2022, Ms. Morel traveled to Europe to perform recitals for both Opernfest Prague in Prague, Czechia and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In October she made her debut as La Ciesca with Salt Marsh Opera in their production of Gianni Schicchi.
Upcoming performances are Chorus in The Shining with LOKC in March 2023 and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Soprano Joanna Ruszala and pianist Piotr Wisniewski in March/April 2023.
She is currently represented by Vocal Artists Management Services.