Pianist Kelly Horsted, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, enjoys an active
career in NYC as an accompanist, music director and vocal coach
specializing in new opera, art song, and role preparation.
An enthusiast of new music, Kelly begins a fourth season as a
co-music director for the Composers and the Voice series at
American Opera Projects in Fall 2013. Kelly premiered
Beauty Intolerable : A Songbook based on the poetry of Edna St.
Vincent Millay by Shiela Silver with singers Deanne Meek,
and Risa Renae Harman with AOP at Symphony Space.
His collaboration with American Opera Projects has also included
performances of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness and music
direction for several readings of Paula Kimper's opera, The Bridge
of San Luis Rey. He assisted preparing the cast of Patience and
Sarah for the chamber opera's premiere at the Lincoln Center
Festival. Kelly was a part of the first semi-staged workshop of
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an opera-in-development
by Hershel Garfein directed by Mark Morris. Kelly was music director
for readings of Mark of Cain with Center for Contemporary Opera's
Atelier Series. A frequent collaborator with Chelsea Opera, Kelly
was part of the artistic team performing Glory Denied by Tom
Cipullo, returning to the piece in Spring 2011 as part of the
preparation staff for Urban Arias. His other Chelsea Opera
projects have included The Medium and On Rosenstrasse.
Kelly was pleased to perform on the 20th Anniversary concert
for Friends and Enemies of New Music featuring Baritone
Chris Pedro Trakas and works by Adams, Bolcom and Yarmolinsky. Other contemporary music performances include Vector 5, Cutting Edge Music, Downtown Music Productions, Five Words in a Line and the Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process series.
Dedicated to the development of singers and musicians, Kelly has been a frequent collaborator at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Program. Kelly is a facuty member at Ann Baltz's Operaworks in California, where he completed his seventh summer in July 2013. As a visiting lecturer, Kelly music directed Hunter College's flagship mixed bill, The Sisters of Nikolas Flagello and M. Choufleuri of Offenbach. As a coach at the Mannes College of Music, he served as music director for performances of Ned Rorem's Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters. Kelly served as staff accompanist at the International Workshops in Graz, Austria, and at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine. Kelly is currently a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT and Five Towns College, in Dix Hills, NY.
An active performer, Kelly performed works by Randolph Coleman and Carlisle Floyd at Zankel Hall with Remarkable Theater Brigade. Kelly participated in the Wintergreen Festival headed by Larry Allen Smith, where his performances included Respighi's adaptation of Monteverdi's Orfeo as well as two Liederabends. Kelly was Assistant Conductor for Donizetti's L'Elisir D'Amore at New Jersey Opera Theatre and pianist for Menotti's The Medium and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci with Opera Company of Brooklyn. He spent two years as faculty member at Intermezzo Opera as Assistant Conductor for L'Enfant et les Sortileges, in West Palm Beach, Florida, and as head coach for performances of Mark Adamo's opera, Little Women under the baton of Steven Osgood at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Mr. Horsted was music director for performances of Cosi fan Tutte at Merkin Concert Hall with director Janet Bookspan, and for Harrisburg, PA's Opera in the Park. He performed at Wall to Wall Bernstein at Symphony Space. Kelly was music director of the New York based opera company The CoOperative for six years. Kelly performed community outreach programs regularly as part of Trinity Church's Concerts to Go, Concerts in Motion, and as music director of La Piccola Opera with Arts Horizons.
Mr. Horsted is a gifted and versatile pianist whose other performances include appearances at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as Fountainbleau, France and NBC's Weekend Today Show. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Eastman School of Music, where he was a fellowship recipient and 1st place winner in the Kneisel Lieder Competition.
"Kelly Horsted's sensitive piano-playing exemplified the intimate and searching tone of the production." OPERA NEWS