Paul Austin Kelly's honey-toned, lyric tenor voice has earned international acclaim during his distinguished career as a star of the opera world, performing leading roles with Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, and Milan’s La Scala opera houses.
On the concert stage, Paul has sung repertoire including the Rossini Stabat Mater with conductor Riccardo Muti at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Haydn’s The Seasons and Creation, Bach’s B Minor Mass at Notre Dame in Paris, St Matthew Passion, and Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s Les Illuminations, Handel’s Messiah and Samson, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Malaysia and Singapore, and Verdi’s Gerusalemme at the Amsterdam Concertgebuow, among numerous other concert appearances. He has recently given a Schumann recital in Dublin, and has appeared on the BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night as well as numerous radio appearances for BBC Radio 3.
His recordings include La romanzesca, Zoraida di Granata, L’Esule di Granata, Rossini - Three Tenors, Cendrillon, several volumes of Il Salotto (Opera Rara), Der Stein der Weisen (Telarc), two volumes of Rossini Cantatas under the baton of Riccardo Chailly (Decca) and Britten & Quilter: 20th Century English Art Songs (GM Recordings). His performance as Tonio La fille du Régiment from La Scala, Milan, is available on DVD.
Counting in his operatic repertoire such Rossini tenors as Almaviva, Lindoro (Italiana in Algeri), Ramiro
(La Cenerentola), Ilo (Zelmira), Oreste (Ermione) and the Pescatore (Guglielmo Tell), Paul has also excelled in Mozart roles such as Don Ottavio, Belmonte, Tamino, and Tito, and has frequently sung Donizetti’s Tonio
(La Fille du Régiment) and Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Verdi’s Alfredo (La Traviata), Bellini’s Elvino
(La Sonnambula), as well as repertoire by Haydn, Berg, Puccini, and many other composers.
An American by birth, Paul has an affinity with the Great American Songbook. His CD with legendary pianist and music director Kenny Clayton, The Song is You, features these timeless classics sung with style and peerless vocal excellence. Paul has also toured the UK and Ireland with soprano Lesley Garrett as her guest artist.
As further proof of his musical versatility, Paul is founder and co-director of Walking Oliver Productions Ltd, (www.walkingoliver.com) a music company and CD label devoted to the creation and preservation of quality music for children. An arm of this company is devoted to promoting the recordings of independent family music artists for distribution in the UK.
For the past fifteen years, Paul and his family have lived in Lewes, East Sussex, where they enjoy the proximity to Glyndebourne, to the South Coast, and to the Downs for walking the dogs.