Kerry Walsh ("Antonia") - Dramatic Coloratura Soprano
Dramatic coloratura Kerry Walsh is a dynamic performer who has sung with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera San Jose, The San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, The Boris Brott Festival in Canada, and Jerome Hines' Opera Music Theater International. Her roles include Constanze, Mimi, Rosina, Violetta, Lucia, Fiordiligi, Carmen, Leila, Giuliette, Amelia, the Marschallin and the Queen of the Night. She frequently appears with orchestras as featured soloist in both traditional and contemporary selections, including Mozart's "Exultate Jubilate," Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras, and Canteloube's "Chants D'Auvergne". She received her Bachelors from the North Carolina School of the Arts and her Masters from Juilliard, and then proceeded to Germany for postgraduate work as a Fulbright scholar. Ms. Walsh has also performed as an actress for stage, television and film, and incorporated her dance background in contemporary opera and theater performances. She has sung in over twenty-five languages, and in numerous styles. Her broad range has been valuable in relation to the TV and film industries as well; she has sung on a number of soundtracks for major motion pictures.
Critics have consistently praised Ms. Walsh's range and flexibility, which have served her well in the field of new music. She has debuted numerous works including Will Salmon's "Orestia", Howard Hersh's "The History Lesson" and "Early Harvests" and Ray Shattenkirk's "Aves". She sang Lena/Leonore in the American premier of von Bose's The Sorrows of Young Werther with the Santa Fe Opera. Mention has also been made of her convincing portrayals and dramatic gift; "…she understands the sweep of drama as much as the music itself…","…a knockout, both physically and vocally…". Of a performance of Mozart's concert aria from Idomineo; "… sung beautifully by (Ms. Walsh.) Her voice was rich, strong and thrilling…her voice was superbly controlled, and at full throat, she sent goose bumps up the back of my neck, especially in the coloratura runs". In a recent produ! ction of Erling Wold's "Sub Pontio Pilato" at ODC Theater in San Francisco, Ms. Walsh was described as "entrancing" and "formidable," a "showstopper;" her voice was referred to as "achingly alluring". Other reviews have mentioned her "golden tone" and "amazing voice"; the LA Times has termed her singing as "dramatic" and "meltingly beautiful".