Douglas Kelly

Performer's Story

Douglas Kelly is a young tenor who already has extensive experience in opera, oratorio and as a recitalist. In his final year at the Queensland Conservatorium, Douglas performed the full cycle of Schumann’s Dichterliebe in a public recital to a sold-out audience. While studying, Douglas was the recipient of The Margaret Nickson Prize for best partnership between a vocalist and accompanist both in 2010 and 2013.

As an opera performer Douglas has performed roles such as: Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress, Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Hajny in Dvorak’s Rusalka and most recently the title role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Since relocating to Melbourne, Douglas’ performance credits include singing the Tenor Solo in Handel’s Messiah with the Heidelberg Choral Society, as well as soloist engagements with Gloriana, XL Arts and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society. His other oratorio credits include: the Tenor role in Berlioz’ L’Enfance Du Christ, Britten’s War Requiem, Monteverdi’s Vespro Della Beata Virgine and Bach’s Cantata BWV 21.

As a recitalist he has performed for 3MBS’ The Talent live-performance series and Morning Melodies in Winchelsea. On stage, Douglas has worked with singers such as Liane Keegan and Lisa Gasteen, and conductors Nicholas Braithwaite and Benjamin Northey. In 2016, Douglas is creating a unique recital series to explore his love of song performance, including premiering a song cycle written specifically for him.