Paul Austin Kelly has performed leading tenor roles with the NY Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, and Milan’s La Scala opera houses, to name but a few. Originally a specialist in the Rossini repertoire, he sang numerous times at the Pesaro Festival, and recorded several Rossini operas with the Opera Rara label.
On the concert stage, Paul recently sang Britten’s Winter Words cycle in recital with his wife, Carol Kelly as well as five songs by Richard Strauss and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Kantanti Ensemble both in London and in Lewes. He has performed at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebuow, at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in the US, and throughout the UK and the rest of the world, including appearances in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. His repertoire ranges from Bach and Handel through to Britten and Berg.
An artist across the musical spectrum, Paul performed and recorded songs from The Great American Songbook, partnering with Petula Clark’s long-standing music director, Kenny Clayton. Paul also toured with Lesley Garrett as her special guest artist, and made several appearances on the BBC programmes In Tune and Friday Night is Music Night.
In 2003, Paul founded the children’s music label, Walking Oliver, writing and recording a catalogue of twelve CDs for children. These CDs won awards from NAPPA and iParenting Media for the high quality of the music and the songs, and are still widely popular with educators and parents alike. walkingoliver.com
A sixteen-year resident of Lewes, England, Paul and his family enjoy the proximity to the South Coast, to the Weald, and to the Downs for walking the dog. paulaustinkelly.com