Biography

Following his studies at the University of Cambridge, English conductor Adrian Kelly became a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and was then a coach at the Hamburg State Opera. He is Artistic Director of the Buxton International Festival and Principal Guest Conductor at the Salzburger Landestheater, where he was previously Music Director.
He has worked regularly at the Salzburg Festival, including assisting Ingo Metzmacher on Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore and Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos. He has also worked with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Peter Schneider, Nicola Luisotti, Philippe Jordan and Simone Young. He has been musical director of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival since 2015.
His engagements included appearances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and a tour of the USA conducting the Baroque pasticcio The Infernal Comedy with actor John Malkovich. In the summer of 2014 he conducted a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at Central City Opera in Colorado.
From 2010-2017 he was first Kapellmeister at the Landestheater (State Theater) in Salzburg, working regularly with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. He has conducted numerous productions in Salzburg, such as Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Massenet’s Werther. In February 2016 he conducted the critically acclaimed Austrian premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain. Recent highlights in Salzburg include Massenet’s Manon , a cycle of the Mozart/da Ponte operas with director Jacopo Spirei, Hänsel und Gretel in the Felsenreitschule and La bohème at the Haus für Mozart.
In his inaugural in Buxton  in July 2019 he conducted a new production of Tschaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Plans for the 2020 season include productions of Rossini's La donna del lago for Buxton and Donizetti's Viva la diva! in Salzburg.

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