A native New Yorker, tenor Paul Austin Kelly is celebrated for his prowess in the Rossini repertoire. Mr. Kelly has performed his signature role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for his debuts with the Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden. He has also sung Oreste in Ermione (Glyndebourne), Rodrigo in Otello and Ilo in Zelmira (Pesaro), and Narciso in Il turco in Italia (La Scala). He made his La Scala debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. No stranger to Donizetti, he has sung Tonio in La Fille du Régiment (Milan, Monte Carlo and Rome) and Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Bologna), and is featured on several Opera Rara recordings: Rossini – Three Tenors, Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata and La romanzesca e l’uomo nero, Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon, highlights from Meyerbeer’s L’Esule di Granata and Volume 8 in the Opera Rara series Il Salotto. An artist of diverse talents and influences, Paul Austin Kelly is also the founder and principal recording artist with Walking Oliver, the UK-based children’s music label.
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