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Kelley Nassief

Kelley Nassief


Soprano

“If the angels in heaven really sing, please let them do it like Nassief. Her voice combines the best of two worlds: It has bel canto size, warmth and height, and yet is svelte, with a youthful sparkle.” So wrote the Leipziger Volkszeitung when Kelley Nassief sang Elijah with the Gewandhausorchester and Kurt Masur on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Mendelssohn’s death. In demand internationally as a concert soloist, in the 2017-18 season Kelley Nassief sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquestra Filarmonica de Boca del Rio (Mexico), Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with Orchestre National de France and with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Recently Kelley Nassief was soloist in Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Louisville Orchestra, and in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Italy as well as Bardavon 1869 Opera House in New York. Other recent engagements include soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Grand Rapids Symphony and in in her Dallas Symphony Orchestra debut; soprano soloist in “Kaddish” Symphonyat Konzerthaus Berlin; with Richmond Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem, also with Portland Symphonic Choir; with Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; and with Nashville Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony; and Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony in her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Kelley Nassief was featured soloist in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, with Fundaçao Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Saõ Paulo (Brazil) under Marin Alsop, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, at London’s Barbican Centre, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw (through the Fundacja Shalom of Poland), also with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and L’Orchestre de Paris; in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus and Oregon symphony orchestras, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, in a return to the Pacific Symphony, and in her debut with Fort Worth Symphony; Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Grand Rapids and Cincinnati symphony orchestras; Ravel’s Shéhérazade, plus selected opera arias, with the Richmond Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with Louisville, Grand Rapids and Modesto symphony orchestras; Mozart’s Requiem with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra; and Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” with Da Camera of Houston.

Other notable concert appearances have included Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Florida West Coast Symphony; the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Elijah; the Eugene Symphony in Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder; Mozart’s Requiem with both the Jacksonville and Nashville symphony orchestras; Brahms’ Requiem with the Grand Rapids and New Bedford symphonies, also the Long Island Philharmonic; as soloist with Choral Arts Society of Washington DC in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, also Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. She sang Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Washington’s Cathedral Choral Society; Verdi’s Requiem with Winston-Salem and Pasadena symphonies; returned to the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor; performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Mexico’s Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria; and was soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. She sang Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Einhorn’s Voices of Light at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, and Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 with the Ruhr Triennale Festival. She also sings in recital regularly in North America and Europe, and has appeared on Japanese television.

In Ms. Nassief’s prolific career as a gifted concert artist she has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras: Beethoven’s Ah, perfido! with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony; Peer Gynt with Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Brahms’ Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under Neemi Järvi, and with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic as soloist in Peer Gynt, Elijah, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Kelley Nassief was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Grant, is a Laureate of the Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Oratorio and Song Competition, and received a Richard Tucker Career Grant.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah – with Kurt Masur

“Kelley Nassief, an American previously heard only in small roles, gave a beautiful account of the soprano solos, which might have stolen the show from any lesser a prophet than Mr. Terfel. She sang with wonderful sensitivity and an unfailingly lovely tone, clear, free and flexible. Bigger things are obviously in store for her.”

– , The New York TimesRelated Link

Fortieth Anniversary Gala – Washington Choral Arts Society

“Guest soprano Kelley Nassief sang the ‘Song to the Moon’ from Dvorak’s ‘Rusalka’ with such warmth, lyricism and tonal luxury taht she made one wonder why this aria isn’t every bit as famous as ‘O mio babbino caro’ or that fruited duet from ‘Lakme…Mark ‘Moon’ down for the great suprese operatic hit of 2010.”

– , The Washington PostRelated Link

Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish – National Symphony Orchestra

“And Nassief – dark toned… – was a rich and tender presence.”

– Anne Midgette, The Washington PostRelated Link

“Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish”-Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

“Soprano Kelley Nassief, alone in a balcony above the stage, began her second movement solo with an exquisite pianissimo and proceeded to shape the rising phrases most tenderly.”

– Tim Smith, Baltimore SunRelated Link

Orchestral

  • Bach
    St. John Passion

    Barber
    Knoxville: Summer of 1915

    Beethoven
    Ah, Perfido!
    Egmont
    Mass in C
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9

    Berlioz
    Les nuits d’été
    Te Deum

    Bernstein
    Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”)
    Songfest

    Brahms
    Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Liebeslieder Walzer
    Neue Liebeslieder
    Zigeunerlieder

    Britten 
    War Requiem

    Bruckner
    Te Deum

    Chausson
    Chanson Perpetuelle
    Poème de l’amour et de la mer
    Selected Songs

    Debussy
    Le martyre de saint Sébastien

    Dvořák
    Requiem
    Stabat Mater
    Te Deum

    Einhorn
    Voices of Light

    Fauré
    Requiem

    Glass
    Symphony No. 5

    Gorecki
    Symphony No. 3

    Grieg
    Peer Gynt

    Griffes
    Three Poems By Fiona Macleod

    Haydn
    The Creation
    Die Jahreszeiten

    Korngold
    Selected Orchestrated Songs

    Mahler
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 8

    Marx, Joseph
    Orchestrated Songs

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah
    Psalm 42
    St. Paul
    Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”)

    Messiaen
    Poèmes pour mi

    Mozart
    Ch’io mi scordi di te
    Mass in C Minor
    Requiem
    Selected Concert Arias
    Vesparae solennes de confessore

    Poulenc
    Gloria

    Ravel
    Chansons madécasses
    Deux melodie hébraïqee
    Shéhérazade

    Rossini
    Stabat Mater

    Strauss
    Selected Songs
    Vier Letzte Lieder

    Vaughan Williams
    Dona Nobis Pacem
    Pastoral Symphony
    A Sea Symphony

    Verdi
    Requiem

    Wagner
    Wesendonck Leieder

Opera

  • Bizet
    Carmen (Micaëla)

    Britten
    Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford)
    The Turn of the Screw (Governess)

    Dvorák
    Rusalka (Rusalka)

    Floyd
    Susannah (Susannah)

    Gounod
    Faust (Marguerite)

    Leoncavallo
    Pagliacci (Nedda)

    Massenet
    Hérodiade (Salomé)

    Mozart
    Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
    Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira, Donna Anna)
    Idomeno (Elettra)
    Le nozze di Figaro (Countess)
    Die Zauberflöte (First Lady)

    Puccini
    La Bohème (Mimì)
    Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta)
    La Rondine (Magda)
    Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)
    Tosca (Tosca)
    Turandot (Liù)

    Poulenc
    Dialogues Des Carmélites (Blanche)

    Strauss
    Arabella (Arabella)
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne)
    Der Rosenkavalier (Feldmarschallin)

    Tchaikovsky
    Eugene Onegin (Tatyana)

    Verdi
    Falstaff (Alice Ford)
    Otello (Desdemona)

Orchestral

  • Bach
    St. John Passion

    Barber
    Knoxville: Summer of 1915

    Beethoven
    Ah, Perfido!
    Egmont
    Mass in C
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9

    Berlioz
    Les nuits d’été
    Te Deum

    Bernstein
    Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”)
    Songfest

    Brahms
    Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Liebeslieder Walzer
    Neue Liebeslieder
    Zigeunerlieder

    Britten 
    War Requiem

    Bruckner
    Te Deum

    Chausson
    Chanson Perpetuelle
    Poème de l’amour et de la mer
    Selected Songs

    Debussy
    Le martyre de saint Sébastien

    Dvořák
    Requiem
    Stabat Mater
    Te Deum

    Einhorn
    Voices of Light

    Fauré
    Requiem

    Glass
    Symphony No. 5

    Gorecki
    Symphony No. 3

    Grieg
    Peer Gynt

    Griffes
    Three Poems By Fiona Macleod

    Haydn
    The Creation
    Die Jahreszeiten

    Korngold
    Selected Orchestrated Songs

    Mahler
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 8

    Marx, Joseph
    Orchestrated Songs

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah
    Psalm 42
    St. Paul
    Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”)

    Messiaen
    Poèmes pour mi

    Mozart
    Ch’io mi scordi di te
    Mass in C Minor
    Requiem
    Selected Concert Arias
    Vesparae solennes de confessore

    Poulenc
    Gloria

    Ravel
    Chansons madécasses
    Deux melodie hébraïqee
    Shéhérazade

    Rossini
    Stabat Mater

    Strauss
    Selected Songs
    Vier Letzte Lieder

    Vaughan Williams
    Dona Nobis Pacem
    Pastoral Symphony
    A Sea Symphony

    Verdi
    Requiem

    Wagner
    Wesendonck Leieder

Opera

  • Bizet
    Carmen (Micaëla)

    Britten
    Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford)
    The Turn of the Screw (Governess)

    Dvorák
    Rusalka (Rusalka)

    Floyd
    Susannah (Susannah)

    Gounod
    Faust (Marguerite)

    Leoncavallo
    Pagliacci (Nedda)

    Massenet
    Hérodiade (Salomé)

    Mozart
    Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
    Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira, Donna Anna)
    Idomeno (Elettra)
    Le nozze di Figaro (Countess)
    Die Zauberflöte (First Lady)

    Puccini
    La Bohème (Mimì)
    Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta)
    La Rondine (Magda)
    Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)
    Tosca (Tosca)
    Turandot (Liù)

    Poulenc
    Dialogues Des Carmélites (Blanche)

    Strauss
    Arabella (Arabella)
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne)
    Der Rosenkavalier (Feldmarschallin)

    Tchaikovsky
    Eugene Onegin (Tatyana)

    Verdi
    Falstaff (Alice Ford)
    Otello (Desdemona)

Audio

Brahms: Requiem – Ihr Habt nun Traurigkeit

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony – IV. Passage to India

Verdi: Requiem – Liberame Domine

Verdi: Requiem – Agnus Dei

Video

Documents

Short Biography

“If the angels in heaven really sing, please let them do it like Nassief. Her voice combines the best of two worlds: It has bel canto size, warmth and height, and yet is svelte, with a youthful sparkle.” So wrote the Leipziger Volkszeitung when Kelley Nassief sang Elijah with the Gewandhausorchester and Kurt Masur on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Mendelssohn’s death. In demand internationally as a concert soloist, in the 2017-18 season Kelley Nassief sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquestra Filarmonica de Boca del Rio(Mexico), Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with Orchestre National de France and with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Full Biography

“If the angels in heaven really sing, please let them do it like Nassief. Her voice combines the best of two worlds: It has bel canto size, warmth and height, and yet is svelte, with a youthful sparkle.” So wrote the Leipziger Volkszeitung when Kelley Nassief sang Elijah with the Gewandhausorchester and Kurt Masur on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Mendelssohn’s death. In demand internationally as a concert soloist, in the 2017-18 season Kelley Nassief sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orquestra Filarmonica de Boca del Rio (Mexico), Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with Orchestre National de France and with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Recently Kelley Nassief was soloist in Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Louisville Orchestra, and in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Italy as well as Bardavon 1869 Opera House in New York. Other recent engagements include soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Grand Rapids Symphony and in in her Dallas Symphony Orchestra debut; soprano soloist in “Kaddish” Symphonyat Konzerthaus Berlin; with Richmond Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem, also with Portland Symphonic Choir; with Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; and with Nashville Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony; and Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony in her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Kelley Nassief was featured soloist in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, with Fundaçao Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Saõ Paulo (Brazil) under Marin Alsop, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, at London’s Barbican Centre, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw (through the Fundacja Shalom of Poland), also with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and L’Orchestre de Paris; in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus and Oregon symphony orchestras, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, in a return to the Pacific Symphony, and in her debut with Fort Worth Symphony; Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Grand Rapids and Cincinnati symphony orchestras; Ravel’s Shéhérazade, plus selected opera arias, with the Richmond Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with Louisville, Grand Rapids and Modesto symphony orchestras; Mozart’s Requiem with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra; and Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” with Da Camera of Houston.

Other notable concert appearances have included Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Florida West Coast Symphony; the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Elijah; the Eugene Symphony in Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder; Mozart’s Requiem with both the Jacksonville and Nashville symphony orchestras; Brahms’ Requiem with the Grand Rapids and New Bedford symphonies, also the Long Island Philharmonic; as soloist with Choral Arts Society of Washington DC in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, also Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. She sang Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Washington’s Cathedral Choral Society; Verdi’s Requiem with Winston-Salem and Pasadena symphonies; returned to the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor; performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Mexico’s Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria; and was soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. She sang Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Einhorn’s Voices of Light at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, and Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 with the Ruhr Triennale Festival. She also sings in recital regularly in North America and Europe, and has appeared on Japanese television.

In Ms. Nassief’s prolific career as a gifted concert artist she has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras: Beethoven’s Ah, perfido! with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony; Peer Gynt with Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Brahms’ Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under Neemi Järvi, and with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic as soloist in Peer Gynt, Elijah, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Kelley Nassief was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Grant, is a Laureate of the Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Oratorio and Song Competition, and received a Richard Tucker Career Grant.