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Adrian Kelly

Adrian Kelly is Kapellmeister at the Landestheater in Salzburg, where his recent performances include "La Traviata", "Der Freischütz" and "Tosca". In the upcoming season he will conduct "Die Fledermaus", "Così fan tutte" and "Werther".

Adrian Kelly was born in Hertfordshire, England. He read music at King’s College Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar and continued his studies at the Royal Northern College. He was the first coach/pianist to join the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In London he joined the music staff for many productions, including "Elektra", "Simon Boccanegra" and "Peter Grimes" and collaborated with conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Philippe Jordan.

Directly upon leaving the Young Artists Programme, he joined the music staff of the Hamburg State Opera, where he played and assisted on more than sixty operas encompassing works ranging from Handel and Mozart to Verdi and Wagner, and to Schoenberg and Eötvös.

He has also been a frequent guest at the Salzburger Festspiele, assisting on new productions of Luigi Nono’s "Al gran sole carico d’amore", Wolfgang Rihm’s "Dionysos", Stravinsky’s "Le Rossignol", Tchaikovsky’s "Iolanta" and Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro".

Most recently, Adrian Kelly travelled twice to South America to work on "Rinaldo" with the singers and orchestra of Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and to conduct performances of "The Infernal Comedy" starring John Malkovich.
Hossam Mahmoud