Originally from Los Angeles, California, 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 that same year as the Alto Soloist in Mahler's Resurrection Symphony under the baton of Kyle Pickett. Since then she has traveled throughout Europe and the United States to perform leading operatic and concert roles, attending Varna International Opera Academy in Bulgaria, the American Institute for Musical Studies in Austria, Opernfest Prague in Czechia, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and OperaNEO in San Diego, CA.
For the 2018-2019 season Ms. Morel was the Mezzo Resident Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, making her LOKC debut as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and in December 2020, she performed 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 June 2023 she sang her first dramatic role - Leonore - from Beethoven's Fidelio. After a few years of privately exploring dramatic soprano repertoire, this experience finalized the decision to shift from Mezzo Soprano to Dramatic Soprano.
She is currently represented by Vocal Artists Management Services.