Highlights for mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor (Mary Magdalene) in the 2016-17 season include her Boston Symphony debut in a program of Brahms, Purcell, and Stravinsky; Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Indianapolis Symphony; John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Budapest Festival Orchestra; and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Detroit Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. In performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ms. O’Connor sings Mahler’s Third Symphony and she assays the role of Erda in concert performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic. The California native returns to the recital stage for performances at Collaborative Arts Institute Chicago, in Cincinnati with pianist Louis Langrée, and a program at Grand Teton Music Festival with Donald Runnicles.
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. 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.