Soprano

Biography


In 2018-2019 the Dutch soprano Kelly God made her successful debut in the role of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde  at the Staatsoper Hannover.

Kelly excels as a "Jugendlich dramatischer Sopran"  at her home opera house, the Staatsoper in Hanover. She has had a role as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Liù in Turandot,  Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, Freia in Das Rheingold, Contessa in Le Nozze di FigaroEllen Orford in Peter Grimes, Giorgetta in TabarroGertraud in Der Traumgörge, Katerina Ismailova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and as Jenufa as well as Tosca and last but not least as Sieglinde in Die Walküre.

In 2017-18, she performed as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, as Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel, as Agathe in Der Freischütz and as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites. In 2019, besides performing as Isolde, she will also be performing as Senta and as Gertrud.

Kelly God’s latest guest engagements have included Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Sieglinde in Die Walküre at De Nationale Reisopera, Gerhilde in Die Walküre at the Opéra National de Paris and Tosca at the Domstufen-Festspiele Erfurt, in whose role she was a tremendous success.  In 2018, the soprano was once again a guest as Senta at the Theater Erfurt.

As a concert singer, Kelly God has often appeared on stage with renowned orchestras, including the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Holland Symfonia, Het Noord Nederlands Orkest, Het Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest and Het Gelders Orkest with works such as Verdi’s Reqiuem, Haydn’s The Creation, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis.

Kelly had the pleasure to work with famous conductors as Philippe Jordan, Marc Albrecht, Carlo Rizzi, Xu Zhong, Antony Hermus, Thomas Zehetmair, James Gaffigan, Ed Spanjaard, Karen Kamensek, Dennis Russell Davies, Otto Tausk, Alun Francis and Philippe Herreweghe.

For the 50th anniversary of “Het Nationaal Ballet Amsterdam”, Kelly God sang the "Vier letzte Lieder" by Richard Strauss (choreography: Rudi van Dantzig). In January 2018 she was the vocal soloist in a series of New Year’s concerts conducted by Philippe Herreweghe with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Kelly God was born in the Netherlands in 1975. She studied voice at the Maastricht Academy of Music under the direction of Professor Mya Besselink. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in concert and opera at the Academy.

During her studies, she achieved her first major successes by excelling in the role of Magda Sorell in Menotti’s The Consul within the Coupe Maastricht, as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Stadttheater Gießen and as Agathe in Der Freischütz at the theater Salvador da Bahia in Brasil.

Kelly God’s first permanent engagement was at the Theater Erfurt in the 2002-2003. Here she moved up in to the opera world as Adriana Lecouvreur, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Maria Stuarda, Kurfürstin Marie in Der Vogelhändler, Amazily in Fernando Cortez, Cook in Waiting for the Barbarians and The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. At the Domstufen-Festspiele in Erfurt she portrayed Maria in Strauss’ Friedenstag and Nedda in I Pagliacci. Kelly currently remains affiliated as a guest with the opera house in Erfurt.