“A pleasing, seamless tenor”– The New York Times
David Kellett has appeared in over 45 principal and secondary roles in productions of opera and operetta during his career including numerous world and American premieres. His students have been accepted for post-graduate programs at the Royal Academy of Music in London, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College: The New School, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Michigan University, LSU, University of Kentucky, University of Memphis and the American Lyric Theatre. His students have attended summer programs such as the Merola program, the Aspen Festival, Opera Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera, College Light Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Amherst Early Music Summer Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, American Bach Soloists Academy, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Early Music Vancouver Baroque Vocal Programme, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Westminster Choir College’s coOperative program, the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute and many others. While not all his students pursue vocal music as a career, many have gone on to music-related careers, becoming composers, orchestral and choral conductors, stage-directors, collaborative pianists, dancers, actors and actresses in movies, television, and in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
Master of Music Vocal Performance, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 1991
Bachelor of Music Music Education (Magna Cum Laude), Glassboro State College (Rowan University), Glassboro, NJ 1979
Appeared at Lincoln Center, the Lake George Opera Festival, June Opera Festival, the Princeton Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Opera Festival of New Jersey, New England Lyric Operetta, Oswego Opera Theatre, Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera at Florham, Opera at the Vineyard Theatre, Commonwealth Opera, the American Chamber Opera, Opera Ebony, the Trenton Civic Opera, Chelsea Opera, Regina Opera, and State Repertory Opera.
Soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Illiade Concert Series in Strasbourg, Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Bach in Baltimore, Richmond Choral Society, The Charles Ives Center, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Highlands Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Jewish Arts Festival Orchestra, Fairfield Chamber Orchestra, Bridgeport Chamber Orchestra, Richardson Chamber Players, Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton Friends of Music, Princeton Friends of Opera, Princeton University Chapel Choir, Monmouth Civic Chorus, Concordia Chorale, Concordia College Chorale and Camerata, New Jersey Oratorio Society, Summit Chorale, Putnam Chorale, Choral Arts Society of NJ, Concordia Festival Choir in NY, Long Island Choral Society, Drew University Chorus and Chorale, VOICES Chorale, Ars Musica Chorale, Arcadia Chorale, enCANTA Collective, the Practitioners of Musick and Friends, La Fiocco, the New York Continuo Collective, and Les Agréments de musique .
“A Christmas Carol” at the Hudson Theatre with Zoe Caldwell, Eli Wallach, Jason Robards, Nathan Lane.
Stage Directing Credits
Princeton University – Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Patience (Gilbert & Sullivan), Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Nero Artifex (Popov) – student thesis, Albert Herring (Britten), Weehawken (Cunningham) – student thesis, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)/Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Les Noces de Jeanette (Massé) – student thesis
Princeton Festival – Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks, Threepenny Opera(Weill)State Repertory Opera – Sid the Serpent (Fox)
South Mountain TheaterWorks – Senza Vergogna.