During the 2013-14 season, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor’s calendar includes John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Grant Gershon conducting the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the world premiere of John Harbison’s Crossroads with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart, Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with the Gothenburg Symphony, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. O’Connor joins the Cleveland Orchestra for an international tour giving performances of Beethoven’s Mass in C major. She will collaborate with Vladimir Jurowski for the first time in performances of John Adams’s El Niño with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. O’Connor returns to the Atlanta Symphony for Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody as well as to the National Symphony Orchestra in performances of Falla’s El amor brujo. In a US recital tour, Ms. O’Connor is joined by soprano Jessica Rivera and pianist Robert Spano for concerts at Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances in Berkeley, Kennesaw State University, and Cincinnati’s Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Atlanta Symphony, Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Saint Louis Symphony, and Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Britten’s Spring Symphony with the City of Birmingham Symphony.
A California native, Ms. O’Connor’s discography includes a Grammy Award-winning Deutsche Grammophon recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar and a disc of Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, both with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2008.