Paul Austin Kelly

Genre: Tenor

Artist Reviews

"Paul Austin Kelly, was a spectacular soloist in Britten's 'Les Illuminations' where his operatic pedigree was perfect for the often flamboyant French text."

Les Illumination, Britten - Ten Tors Orchestra - Plymouth Evening Herald

"Tenor Paul Austin Kelly's program of rarely recorded material by Britten and Quilter demonstrates his sensitivity to word and music."

Twentieth Century Songs - GM CD -

“Paul Austin Kelly deals expertly with an extremely high tenor role. Opera Holland Park is lucky to have him.;"

Elvino, La Sonnambula, Opera Holland Park - The Financial Times

Paul Austin Kelly's bel canto experience shows in an incisively sung account of Amina's lover Elvino…"

Elvino, La Sonnambula - Opera Holland Park - The Guardian

“Kelly is a bel canto specialist, heard in Dublin last year in Opera Ireland's La Cenerentola. He brought the same unmannered clarity and subtle, intelligent expressiveness to Schumann as he did then to Rossini's prince. There is an appealing tenderness in his voice, from the firm, baritone-like richness of his lower register to his easy, unfussy quality at the top."

Schumann -Dichterliebe & songs by Rodgers, Willson, Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin - Michael Dungan, The Irish Times

“Kelly had a princely generosity of manner, easy high notes, and a never failing musicality which made his presence a pleasure from beginning to end. It's been a long time since Opera Ireland fielded a tenor of such style and class."

Don Ramiro, La Cenerentola - Opera Ireland - Irish Times

“Paul Austin Kelly's Almaviva somehow manages to keep his head while all around him are losing theirs, his elegant singing deliciously at odds with his cheap gigolo suit.”

Count Almaviva - The Royal Opera, Covent Garden - Edward Seckerson - The Independent


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 operas with the Opera Rara label.

On the concert stage, Paul has appeared throughout the UK and the rest of the world, with repertoire ranging from Bach and Handel through to Britten and Berg. An accomplished recitalist, Paul partnered with the late pianist Martin Isepp for solo recitals, and has performed with the Nicholas Yonge Society, the Lewes Festival of Song, and frequently appears with Dame Felicity Lott in concert with the Corelli Ensemble. He and pianist wife Carol Kelly perform together, and in 2020 released a YouTube recital of American classical song called “Retracing our Steps.

Crossing the musical spectrum, Paul has recorded songs from The Great American Songbook with Petula Clark’s long-standing music director, the late great Kenny Clayton. Paul also toured as guest artist with Lesley Garrett, and featured on the BBC programmes In Tune and Friday Night is Music Night. His most recent recording venture is a collaborative project called Classical Loonatix, which features Bop to Hip-Hop arrangements of classical masterworks.

In 2003, Paul founded the award-winning children’s music label, Walking Oliver, and wrote songs supporting UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Charter for UK primary schools. His compositions for trumpet are published by Forton Music, and he maintains a trumpet teaching studio both at home and at several independent schools.

A long-time resident of Lewes, East Sussex, Paul is a keen observer of wildlife, an avid butterfly photographer, and under lockdown, nurtured his passion for collecting old 78s.

For Oratorio  and Concert repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach J.S. B minor mass
Christmas Oratorio
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Symphony No 9
Britten Les Illuminations
Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
St. Nicholas
War Requiem
Bruckner Te Deum
Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Goodall Eternal Light
Handel Alexander’s Feast
Judas Maccabeus
Ode on St. Cecilia
Haydn Creation
Lord Nelson Mass
Mass in the Time of War (Paukenmesse)
Janacek Our Father
Jenkins Armed Man
Mendelssohn Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise)
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mass in C Minor
Solemn Vespers
Orff Carmina Burana
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Rachmaninoff The Bells
Rimsky-Korsakov Mozart & Salieri
Rossini Petite Messe
Stabat Mater
Schubert Mass
Verdi Requiem
Webber Requiem
Artist: Paul Austin Kelly
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Tenor
People: Serenade, Britten, Paul Austin Kelly (tenor), Angela Barnes (horn), Kantanti Ensemble - Conductor Lee Reynolds

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