California native Kelley O'Connor’s 2015-16 season calendar includes Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Atlanta, Colorado, and Detroit symphonies; Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Cleveland Orchestra and Nashville Symphony; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Grand Tetons Music Festival; Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with the Minnesota Orchestra; and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with the Saint Louis Symphony.
Performances of the past season included Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Minnesota Orchestra, and La traviata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. She also joined the Atlanta Symphony for the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Creation Oratorio.
John Adams wrote the title role of The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Ms. O’Connor and she has recorded the work with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon. In February 2017 she performs the work with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. O’Connor also created the role of Federico García Lorca in Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar and can be heard on the Grammy winning Deutsche Grammophon recording with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony. She has also recorded Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with the Atlanta Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Mass in C major with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas for SFS Media. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2008.