Commended by The Boston Globe for her "elegant singing" and "polish," Soprano Kathryn McKellar has distinguished herself as a "visually and vocally stunning performer" (Classical Music Intelligencer) who "brings palpable emotional power to her performances" (Boston Arts Review) in Opera, Musical Theater, and Concert alike.
Kathryn performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and is founder/co-director of Opera on Tap Boston. Kathryn recently made her Opera Theater Cape Cod debut as Micaela in Tragedie de Carmen and received special praise from The Boston Globe for her creation of the role of Lina Cavalieri in Divas, a new theater work by Laura Neil produced by OperaHub. In 2019 Kathryn joined Boston Modern Orchestra Project in their production of Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Bird) and Boston Youth Orchestra in La Boheme. In January of 2020 Kathryn was featured in Arnold Rosner's The Chronicles of Nine (charms seller) with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and in Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's production of Aida. During the 2020-2021 global pandemic Kathryn worked to provide virtual performance platforms for Boston based artists and innovative, immersive and safe performances for patrons. From private virtual concerts, programs featuring marginalized composers, to a socially-distant "drive-in" version of Handel's Messiah Kathryn feels grateful to have the opportunity to keep music alive and accessible during this difficult time.
In 2017/18 Kathryn made her debut as the title character in Pauline Viardot-Garcia’s Cendrillon with Cambridge Chamber Ensemble. She was a featured recitalist in the Bijou de la Vida Celebrity Series in Boston’s North End and in Opera Providence’s bel canto summer series. Kathryn joined Odyssey Opera in Verdi’s Giovanna D’arco and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. As director of Opera on Tap she produced A Diva’s Guide to Dating the new collaboration between Club Cafe Boston and OOT Boston and served as producer/director of The Burren Backroom series including Nasty Women of Opera. In 2016/17 she returned to Boston Lyric Opera for their 40th season in Carmen, The Rake’s Progress, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, she made her debut with Odyssey Opera in Lucio Silla, Purcell Society of Boston's production of King Arthur, and with Monadnock Chorus in Petite Messe Solennelle. She was invited by Boston Lyric Opera to join the Boston Opera Alliance, where she still serves as board member.
Kathryn has competed as a finalist in the Peter Elvins Voice Competition, The MetroWest Opera Competition, semi-finalist with the Shreveport Opera Competition and was winner of the American Opera Idol Competition Young Artist Award. Other recent appearances include Cosette in Les Miserables with Reagle Music Theater Company, Frasquita in Carmen with Boston Opera Collaborative, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Violetta in La Traviata, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Oberto in Alcina, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Poppea in OperaHub's dramatically innovative production of L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
Kathryn lends her voice equally to operatic, recital, and concert repertoire, and has performed in numerous recitals and performing arts projects across the United States and in Europe. She received her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory where she was a member of the Opera Studio and received 1st place in the Conservatory's Chamber Music Competition.
Originally from Texas, Kathryn currently resides in Boston with her husband and two baby boys.