Kelsey Robertson, mezzo-soprano
Kelsey Robertson has been praised by the New York Times for her “verisimilitude” and “legato.” In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Robertson completed her second year as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera covering the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and performing the role of the Shepherd boy in Tosca. Kelsey recently placed as a finalist in the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition and the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition.
In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Robertson made her debut as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera covering the roles of Giovanna and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and performing the role of Kate in the family performance of Pirates of Penzance. In the Spring of 2017, Ms. Robertson made her New York City Opera debut in the role of Fuego in the U.S. premiere of Los Elementos. The New York Classical Review praised her performance for her “fierce, smoky mezzo” and “ferocious coloratura.”In the summer of 2016, Ms. Robertson returned for a second season as an Apprentice Artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, frequently performing in recitals including “The Intimate Rossini” at the Venetian Theatre.
Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. During her time at Eastman, her operatic highlights included the roles of Mrs. Jones in Street Scene and the title role in Xerxes. Ms. Robertson’s award credits include Eastman School of Music Vocal Concerto Competition Winner and 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner.