Kelly Burns, Tenor

Tenor Kelly W. Burns is an active performer of opera, musical theater, recital and concert works throughout North America in vocal repertoire spanning over 400 years. He has sung with opera companies and orchestras such as the Chautauqua Opera, Opera Roanoke, Memphis Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society of New York, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Chamber Opera, Opera Project Columbus, and the Oxford Shakespeare Festival. Among his stage credits are roles from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Magic Flute, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. From the concert repertoire, Kelly has performed tenor solos in Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Songs by North American and European composers form the basis of Kelly's recital repertoire, and his interest in new music has led to World and American Premiers of songs and chamber works by several living composers.

Kelly is a native Mississippian and currently makes his home in Athens, Ohio where he teaches in the Ohio University School of Music. He holds degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).