Often referred to as “sultry,” “elegant,” and “compelling,” Mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman is quickly making a name for herself among opera lovers and critics alike. Most recent performances include her role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Music Viva Hong Kong; the Old Lady in Candide with Fresno Grand Opera; Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore with Opera Saratoga and Lyric Opera San Antonio; Zemire und Azor with the Liederkranz Oper; a return to New York City Opera for their production of Antony and Cleopatra, as well as sang a Concert Tour in Switzerland. In addition, she rejoined the composer Robert Aldridge for a repeat performance as the Alto Soloist in his grand work for chorus, orchestra and soloists, Parables. Next season, Janara performs the role of Baba in Menotti’s The Medium with Opera Piccola of San Antonio and joins the New Jersey Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem.
|Aldridge||Elmer Gantry||Sharon Falconer|
|I Capuleti e i Montecchi||Romeo|
|West Side Story||Anita|
|Britten||The Rape of Lucretia||Lucretia|
|Anna Bolena||Giovanna Seymour|
|Gilbert and Sullivan||HMS Pinafore||Little Buttercup|
|Pirates of Penzance||Ruth|
|Gluck||Orfeo ed Euridice||Orfeo|
|Porter, Cole||Kiss Me Kate||Bianca|
|Rossini||L’Italiana in Algieri||Isabella|
|Donna del Lago||Malcom|
|Saint Saens||Samson et Dalila||Dalila|
|Sondheim||Sweeney Todd||Mrs. Lovett|
|Stravinsky||The Rake’s Progress||Baba the Turk|
|La Forza del Destino||Preziosilla|
|Bach||St. John Passion|
|St. Matthew Passion|
|Mass in C|
|Copland||In the Beginning|
|Rossini||Le Petite Messe Solenelle|
Roles in Ms. Kellerman’s repertoire include Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Adalgisa in Norma, and Eboli in Don Carlos. In addition, she is particularly noted for her comedic portrayals, such as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Madame Flora (Baba) in The Medium, Katisha in The Mikado, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
Prior engagements have included a gala performance of excerpts from L’Italiana in Algeri and Samson et Dalilah with the New Jersey State Opera featuring Samuel Ramey and Paul Plishka; Amneris in Aida and Fenena in Nabucco in New Jersey under the direction of Maestro Jason Tramm; and Mezzo Soloist in the world premiere of Parables. Ms. Kellerman also worked with Robert Aldridge when she stepped in last minute as Sharon Falconer in his opera Elmer Gantry. She was also seen as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice and as Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide under the baton of Maestro Francesco Ledda in Italy.
Concert performances have included the Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in her Avery Fisher Hall debut; Azucena in Il Trovatore in concert with the Westfield Symphony in the PNC Performing Arts Center under the baton of conductor David Wroe; soloist in Mahler’s Second Symphony with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra; a return to Iowa for a concert of Schumann works; and the soloist in a concert with the Continuo Arts Foundation. She has also sung the alto solos in Honegger’s King David, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor, Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
Ms. Kellerman completed her first recording with the Michael O’Neal Singers in Atlanta as the alto soloist in Honegger’s King David in which the Atlanta Journal said “all the soloists were very good, especially Janara Kellerman – a creamy, rich mezzo.”