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When I was in second grade, a teacher asked the question all kids are asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I was a bit of an ornery kid and when I responded, “An opera singer!” I imagined a woman on stage with a viking helmet, loudly singing. Little did I know that I would end up singing opera as an adult.

So, here I am, a classically-trained opera singer.

Since moving to Nebraska, I’ve taken a step back from pursuing the career as a full-time venture. I still sing and have rekindled my love of writing music. You can read about an upcoming performance connecting these passions here: Songs I Sing in Waiting

Praised by the Chicago Tribune for her lustrous voice, mezzo-soprano Kelsey Park is a graduate of Northwestern’s voice and opera program, studying under Theresa Brancaccio.

Recent season highlights include Second Lady in Madison Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, covering Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s premier, and performing Second Bird in Opera Omaha’s world premier of Stranger from Paradise. Previously, Park appeared as Antonia’s Mother in The Tales of Hoffmann while a studio artist with Madison Opera.

While at Northwestern, she was seen as Sister Helen in the critically-acclaimed Chicago premiere of Dead Man Walking. Park also appeared in Northwestern’s productions as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Jo in Little Women and was a featured participant in the Frederica von Stade and Joyce DiDonato master classes. She represented Northwestern University in the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Conservatory project in Washington DC.

Park is a former young artist with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, where she received the Award for Excellence. While at Central City Opera, Park covered Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti and appeared as Baroness Elberfeld/Chant leader in The Sound of Music, the scene productions as Dulcinee in Don Quichotte, Angelina in La Cenerentola and the main stage productions of Dead Man Walking and Le Nozze di Figaro. Other opera roles performed include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.Recent honors include advancing to the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Met Competition, 2016 Regional Artist Finalist with the Bel Canto Chorus, 2015 Northwestern Program Honors, 2014 finalist for the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and 2013 student winner of the Bel Canto Foundation.

In concert, Park was recently heard as the Alto Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She has appeared as a soloist in the Moody Bible Institute’s annual live performance and radio production of Handel’s Messiah. Park has also appeared as a soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Bach’s Magnificat, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F, Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach Cantatas.

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