Commended by The Boston Globe for her “elegant singing” and “polish,” Soprano Kathryn McKellar has distinguished herself as a “visually and vocally stunning performer” (Classical Music Intelligencer) who “brings palpable emotional power to her performances” (Boston Arts Review) in Opera, Musical Theater, and Concert alike. Kathryn performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and is founder/co-director of Opera on Tap Boston. Kathryn’s 2017 season includes performances with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, OperaHub, Opera Providence and the Bijou de la Vida Concert Series. Last season she returned to Boston Lyric Opera for their 40th season in Carmen, The Rake’s Progress, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, she made her debut with Odyssey Opera in Lucio Silla, Purcell Society of Boston’s production of King Arthur, and with Monadnock Chorus in Petite Messe Solennelle. Upcoming productions include the title role in Pauline Viardot-Garcia’s Cendrillon, Micaela in Tragedie de Carmen with Opera Theater of Cape Cod, and Lina Cavalieri in Divas, a new theater work by Laura Neil. She was invited this past spring by Boston Lyric Opera to sit on the Boston Opera Alliance Board. Kathryn has competed as a finalist in the Peter Elvins Voice Competition, The MetroWest Opera Competition, semi-finalist with the Streveport Opera Competition and was winner of the 2012 American Opera Idol Competition Young Artist Award. Other recent appearances include Cosette in Les Miserables with Reagle Music Theater Company, Frasquita in Carmen with Boston Opera Collaborative as part of the company’s inaugural Opera Goes to Hell series at the American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Oberto in Alcina, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Poppea in OperaHub’s dramatically innovative production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
A versatile artist, Kathryn lends her voice equally to operatic, recital, and concert repertoire, and has performed in numerous recitals and performing arts projects across the United States and in Europe. Kathryn has dedicated her time and energy to many benefit concerts and recitals raising awareness and funds for programs such as Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, UNICEF, the Arava Institute, and the Ellie Fund.
Kathryn received her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory where she was a member of The Opera Studio and received 1st place in the conservatory’s Chamber Music Competition. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia where she majored in music and pursued extensive studies in literature, psychology, and Italian. While at Hollins, she studied abroad in Milan, Italy at the Verdi Conservatory and Civica Della Musica. She performed frequently with the University’s Opera Studio, Hollins University Opera Outreach, the Hollins Repertory Dance Company, the American college dance festival, and in recital and concert works throughout the greater Roanoke area. Kathryn is also active in new music, dance, film, television, and film score recordings, and is featured artist in a number of Boston’s film and television projects. Born in Dallas, Texas, Kathryn currently resides in Boston.