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 the highly successful Austrian Premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain, as well as a much-praised revival of Jacopo Spirei’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Salzburger Landestheater. In August 2016 he made his successful Festival debut conducting the Young Artists’ final concert in the Stiftung Mozarteum.
Since 2015, he has been the musical director of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival. From August 2017 he will take over as musical director at the Salzburger Landestheater.
In the 2016-17 season he will conduct a new productions of Humperdinck’s’s Hansel und Gretel, and in the Felsenreitschule, and Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in the Landestheater. He will also return to the Salzburg Festival to conduct the Young Singers’ Final Concert
Highlights of recent seasons include Verdi’s Rigoletto in the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, and Massenet’s Wertherand Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf at the Landestheater In the summer of 2014 Adrian made his North American debut conducting a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Central City Opera.
In 2009, Adrian was appointed 1st Kapellmeister at the Salzburger Landestheater. During his first season he conducted the European Premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s The Passion of Jonathan Wade to great acclaim. Further repertoire there includes La traviata, Der Freischütz, Don Giovanni and Tosca. During the 2013-14 season he also conducted Die Fledermaus, Tristan und Isolde, La Cenerentola, and Così fan tutte, and in 2014-2015 Die Zauberflöte and La sonnambula.
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 von Dohnányi, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Simone Young and Nicola Luisotti.
Other 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.