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Kelly Glyptis, soprano

Kelly Glyptis, hailed by the Washington Post for her “…Clarion voice and loads of personality”, is a lyric soprano currently based in the Washington, D.C. area.  She recently performed as Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) with the Shreveport Opera and has made appearances as a member of the Virginia Opera's Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program as Little Red Riding Hood, the cover for Mimi (La boheme), and Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld) where she “took the vocal [prize]…[scaling] coloratura heights with grace and sly wit, and reveled in physical comedy” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).  Miss Glyptis made her professional debut with the Atlanta Opera as Berta (Barbiere di Siviglia) and has been seen as the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Donna Elvira ("Don Giovanni"), and Beatrice ("A View from the Bridge") at Indiana University where she performed numerous other leading roles and opera choruses.

         Trained in acting and dance as well, Miss Glyptis has also exceled in Musical Theater and Theater. She most recently performed with The Prizery Theater as The Witch (Into the Woods), Morticia (Addams Family), and Anita (West Side Story). Miss Glyptis has also performed with Cardinal Stage, Gray Ghost Theater, Pied Piper Theatre and Dominion Stage, receiving leading roles with each company in both musical theater and theater. She has been nominated and won several outstanding actress awards throughout the Washington, D.C., area and has received acclaim in Opera News for her performances as Donna Elvira and Orlofsky.

          Glyptis had the privilege to sing with renowned Mezzo-Soprano Elizabeth Bishop for Renée Fleming and Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg at an exclusive event hosted by the Kennedy Center and has sung for officials such as Sean Connaughton and Pope Benedict XVI.  She was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Indiana District and has won encouragement awards at the D.C. District, Chicago Region and North Carolina District. She was a semi finalist for the Nicholas Loren and Mary Smith Singer of the Year Competitions and is a winner of the Hellenic American Women's Council award. She was also a recipient of the IU Music Merit Award, Jacobs Access Grant, Friday Musicale Scholarship and the Christ-Marchant Friends of Music Award. Miss Glyptis has trained and performed roles and scenes with Potomac Vocal Institute, Bel Canto in Tuscany, The Washington National Opera Institute, Operafestival di Roma, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Charley Creek Workshop and IU Opera Workshops.

           Miss Glyptis is also recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors as a Certified Actor/Combatant in Rapier/Dagger, Broadsword, Sword and Sheild, and Unarmed combat; as well as trained in knife, quarterstaff, single sword, small sword, and whip.  Glyptis has been a consultant and choreographer for the London Opera in Canada, IU Opera Theater, Pied Piper Theater, and Rooftop Productions.  She has also served as fight captain under Adam Noble and has attened numerous training workshops for the SAFD.