Adrian Kelly is a versatile young conductor, whose work has taken him to some of the world’s most renowned opera companies and festivals. Recently he conducted three successful new productions at the Salzburger Landestheater: Massenet’s Werther in March 2013 and, in the 2013-14 season, Gluck’s Die Pilger von Mekka and Krenek’s Jonny spieltauf. In the summer of 2014 Adrian will make his North American debut conducting a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Central City Opera.
In the 2014-15 season he will be conducting new productions of Rigoletto with the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, and Fidelio at the Salzburger Landestheater.
In 2009, Adrian was appointed 1st Kapellmeister at the Salzburger Landestheater. His repertoire there includes La traviata, Der Freischütz,Don Giovanni and Tosca. He also conducted the European premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s The Passion of Jonathan Wade to great acclaim. During the 2013-14 season he also conducted Die Fledermaus, Tristan und Isolde, La Cenerentola, ands Così fan tutte.
Adrian Kelly was born in Hertfordshire, England. He read music at King’s College Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and continued his studies at the Royal Northern College. In 2002 he began his continuing association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, when he became the first coach/pianist to join the Young Artists Programme. In London he regularly joined the music staff for productions including Elektra, Simon Boccanegra and Peter Grimes.
In 2004, he joined the music staff of the Hamburg State Opera, where he played and assisted on more than forty operas encompassing works ranging from Händel and Mozart through Verdi and Wagner, to Schoenberg and Eötvös. While in Hamburg, he also conducted a local university orchestra in works including Brahms’ 2nd Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony (soloist Christiane Karg) and Richard Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung.
Adrian Kelly has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Christoph vonDohnányi, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Simone Young and Nicola Luisotti.
Other recent highlights included travelling to South America to work on Rinaldo with the singers and orchestra of Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and to conduct performances of The Infernal Comedy starring John Malkovich. Further engagements have taken Adrian Kelly to the Nederlandse Oper in Amsterdam (Elektra, Doctor Atomic), and to Vienna conducting a concert performance of Porpora’s Il Gedeone with the orchestra of the Wiener Akademie. He has also been a frequent guest at the Salzburger Festspiele, assisting on new productions of Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore, Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.