Jonathan C Kelly

Jonathan Cameron Kelly is an assistant conductor at The Metropolitan Opera. He has worked in similar capacities at the San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Theater of Lucca, and the Chautauqua Institution.

Praised for his versatility, he is at home in a wide range of repertoire, from the works of Händel, to 20th Century works such as The Rake’s Progress, Nixon in China, and Lulu.  He is often found performing in the pit, whether it be as the continuo for Xerxes or Così fan tutte, or the synthesizer in Akhnaten.  

Frequently seen in concert, he has appeared with many of today’s leading performers, including Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Elina Garanča, Susan Graham, Hei-Kyung Hong, Ana María Martínez, Anna Netrebko, Ramon Vargas, Rolando Villazon, Joshua Bell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Sting. 

Formerly a lecturer at Yale University, he is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Kelly spent his formative years in Kentucky. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones.

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