David Kellett made his operatic debut as Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with the Opera Shop at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City. He has appeared at the Lake George Opera Festival, the Princeton Festival, the June Opera Festival, the Opera Festival of New Jersey and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Having performed over 45 principal and secondary roles in opera and operetta, he has portrayed several roles in some of the obscure Donizetti operas, including Daniele in Betly, Ernesto in Il Giovedi Grasso, and Eutropio in Belisario. David has also the distinction of having performed Count Almaviva in both the Rossini and Paisiello versions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. His Mozart roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Seraglio, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne.
An active concert soloist, David has appeared at the Charles Ives Center for the Arts, with the Long Island Jewish Arts Festival, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the National Dance Institute under the baton of composer/conductor David Amram. As Mr. Amram’s tenor of choice, David has sung in the composer’s opera, Twelfth Night, and performed his songs in concert on numerous occasions. He appeared at Lincoln Center in 2007 on a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Festival singing selections that were composed for productions directed by Papp during the first 11 years of its existence. He has also appeared with the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Highlands Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfield Chamber Orchestra, the Bridgeport Chamber Orchestra and the Princeton University Orchestra. As an oratorio soloist, David has appeared with numerous choral organizations including the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Richmond Choral Society, Concordia Chorale, and the Glee Club and Chapel Choir of Princeton University.
Other new music endeavors include the world premieres of several works by composer Peter Westergaard. In 2008 he sang the roles of the Mad Hatter and Gryphon in Westergaard’s Alice in Wonderland under the auspices of the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in New York City. He originated the role of Sebastian in his The Tempest with the Opera Festival of New Jersey and the roles of Stubbs and the Parsee in a concert version of his opera, Moby Dick which has been recorded by Albany Records. He also premiered Westergaard’s cantata, To the Dark Lady, based on five Shakespearean sonnets for vocal quartet and percussion. He has presented new compositions by composer Webster Young in concert in New York City on several occasions and recently performed in the premiere of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Hollis Thoms for soprano, tenor, bass-baritone soloists and chamber orchestra in Anapolis, Maryland.
Radio audiences have heard him on WQXR’s “Listening Room,” and WNCN’s “WNCN Live”. Recordings of his operatic performances have been broadcast on WKCR and WBAI in New York City.
David appeared in Zoe Caldwell’s production of A Christmas Carol at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway. This production featured Christopher Plummer, Richard Kiley, Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Julie Harris, E.G. Marshall and Ms. Caldwell, and was the first dramatic presentation in the newly renovated structure.
Since 1995, David has taught private voice at Princeton University. He made his directing debut with the university production of Mozart’s Magic Flute in 2002. Since that time he has directed Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. He has appeared regularly with the Richardson Chamber Players, the resident chamber music ensemble of the university.
In 2005, David began his association with the Princeton Festival appearing as Pirelli in their debut performance of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Since that time, he has directed their young artist productions of Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, and the musicals, Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks and The Threepenny Opera, presented audition master classes and served as vocal consultant. From 2007 to 2009, he served on the board of trustees for South Mountain TheaterWorks, a non-profit organization that produces concerts and theatrical events.