Kelly Kaduce is a soprano with a warm and rich voice, stunning beauty and superb acting ability. For her creation of the title role in Anna Karenina, Opera News proclaimed her "an exceptional actress whose performance was as finely modulated dramatically as it was musically … and her dark, focused sound was lusty and lyrical one moment, tender and floating the next." For her Boston Lyric Opera debut in the title role of Thaïs, Opera News observed, "Kaduce sings with bell-like purity and silvery sweetness, and she suspends her legato with an effortless, sensual spin. A born actress, Kaduce is also a masterful illuminator of text."
In summer of 2015 Kelly Kaduce sings Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with the Minnesota Orchestra and in season 2015–2016 she returns to Boston Lyric Opera as Mimi in La bohème, to Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Tosca, and to Minnesota Opera as Rusalka and to create the role of Wendy in Moravec’s The Shining. Her 2014–2015 season engagements included her debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Katya in The Passenger, with Canadian Opera Company as Cio-Cio San, a return to Florida Grand Opera in the same role and a return to Houston Grand Opera as Helmwige in Die Walküre. Her 2013–2014 season included her returns to Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, to Minnesota Opera in the title role of Manon Lescaut, to Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and her debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Katja in Weinberg’s Die Passagierin (The Passenger), and Utah Opera as Liù in Turandot. She also returned to Houston Grand Opera to sing Micaëla in a concert version of Carmen.
Recent successes include Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with West Australian Opera; Anne Sørensen in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night with Opera Company of Philadelphia; Liu in Turandot in a return to Minnesota Opera; Nedda in I Pagliacci in a return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis, also with Arizona Opera Company, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Omaha and Florida Grand Opera; the title role in Rusalka with L’Opéra de Montréal, also Opera Colorado; Cio-Cio San with Minnesota Opera, also Santa Fe Opera; Patricia Nixon in Nixon in China with Eugene Opera; guest soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Crane Orchestra and Chorus (NY); Mimì in La bohème in a return to Michigan Opera Theatre, also with Portland Opera; Violetta in La traviata with Opera Tulsa, also in a return to Malmö Opera; Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Eugene Opera; the title role in Suor Angelica, also Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Florida Grand Opera; Princess Lan in Tan Dun’s Tea with Opera Company of Philadelphia; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theatre; her Kentucky Opera debut as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello; a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the title role of Salome; and singing in an evening of arias with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Other highlights include her debut with Opera Pacific as Mimì and her returns to Malmö Opera as Marguerite in Faust, to Minnesota Opera in the title role of Rusalka and to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Cio-Cio-San. She performed the title role in Suor Angelica at Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, appeared in recital with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, at St. Olaf College and (with baritone Lee Gregory) at Bates College; and sang the role of Princess Lan in Tea in a re-engagement with Santa Fe Opera. She has received high praise for her returns to Boston Lyric Opera to perform Cio-Cio-San, to Minnesota Opera to sing Rosasharn in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath and to Florida Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as the title role in the world premiere of Carlson’s Anna Karenina.
She has appeared as Mimì with Opera Grand Rapids, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera and Opera Delaware and in the Los Angeles production of Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème. She returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the title role of Michael Berkeley’s Jane Eyre; performed the title role in Susannah with Orlando Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Nashville Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Austin Lyric Opera; Caroline in the world premiere of Margaret Garner with Michigan Opera Theatre, also with Opera Philadelphia; Cio-Cio-San with Minnesota Opera; Micaëla in Carmen with Nashville Opera; Birdie Hubbard in Regina at Bard’s SummerScape Festival; Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Donna Elvira with Florida Grand Opera; the title role in Suor Angelica with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Atlanta Opera. For Glimmerglass Opera she created two roles in the trilogy Central Park. She made her Santa Fe Opera debut as the Chinese Actress and ZiZhen in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao and her New York City Opera debut as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, which she also sang with Opera Colorado.
Among her concert credits are Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Argento’s Casa Guidi. She has also appeared with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra as soloist in Beethoven’s Egmont, and in Britten’s War Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.
Kelly Kaduce is a graduate of both St. Olaf College and Boston University, and was a winner of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.