Kathleen Shelton has been described by critics as an “alluring Mezzo Soprano, not to be missed.” She possesses both “lyrical beauty and warm caramel tones,” while priding herself on presenting “emotionally thoughtful” performances.
Ms. Shelton, a Texas native, currently resides in New York City. She concertizes frequently with Florham Opera Company, The Garden State Philharmonic, Ensemble NYC and Redeemer Presbyterian church. She has performed with opera companies and music festivals all over the United States including: Pittsburgh Festival Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Sarasota Opera, Princeton Festival, North Shore Music Festival, Light Opera New Jersey, Western Plains Opera, Mississippi Opera and Natchez Festival of Music.
As an invited finalist, Ms. Shelton recently competed in Columbus Opera’s Cooper-Bing Competition and The Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition. She spent the past summer with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Of her first Wagner role, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, she was called, “vocally astonishing.”
Past engagements have included: Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. A musical theatre enthusiast, Ms. Shelton has also enjoyed singing Laurie & Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Julie in Showboat, Carrie in Carousel, Mrs.Lovett in SweeneyTodd, Charlotte in A Little Night Music and Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods.
Ms. Shelton holds a Bachelor’s of Music from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor(TX) and a Master’s of Music from Florida State University. kathleensheltonmezzo.com