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Kelly Markgraf

Kelly Markgraf

American baritone KELLY MARKGRAF ‘s 2012-2013 season includes the title role in Don Giovanni with Madison Opera, and appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for Le rossignol under Charles Dutoit, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, for a recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for Bach's O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He returns to Aspen Music Festival in summer 2013, as Ned Keene in a semi-staged performance of Peter Grimes, conducted by Robert Spano. Future seasons include a return to Hawaii Opera.

The previous season found him as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Kentucky Opera, his role debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Hawaii Opera in Honolulu, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra. In concert, he joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for Ned Rorem's Aftermath, the New York Philharmonic for concerts with Music Director Alan Gilbert, the Oklahoma Mozart Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Music@Menlo Festival.

His 2010-2011 season included the US Premiere of Shostakovich’s War Front Songs at Symphony Space, Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with Maestro David Robertson, and the role of Zebul in Handel’s Jephtha with Kent Tritle. He also appeared in a leading role in a workshop of Michael Torke’s opera Senna as part of the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater Opera/Theater Commissions Program, sang Mahler and Brahms at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and Schumann Lieder at the Music@Menlo Festival with internationally renowned pianist Wu Han.

Kelly Markgraf is a distinguished graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center.