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 Heartland region.
She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in 2017 at the University of Missouri, KC, winning the Concerto/Aria Competition that same year with Mozart's "Ch'io mi scordi di te" and was featured as the alto soloist in the UMKC Choirs’ performance of Duruflé’s Requiem. She also 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 the summer of 2019, Ms. Morel joined the Aspen Music Festival & School to perform the roles of Désirée Armfeldt in Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Marcellina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Harvey Steiman of The Aspen Times praised both of her performances, saying:
"Kelly Birch [Morel] as Desiree Armfeldt carried herself with the glamor of a stage star and delivered a perfectly pitched “Send In The Clowns..."
"Her stature [of Marcellina], sure approach to intonation and tone, and attention to the music’s little details paid off every time she opened her mouth."
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.
This past summer, 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. This October she will make her debut as La Ciesca with Salt Marsh Opera in their production of Gianni Schicchi.
She is currently represented by Vocal Artists Management Services.
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