Our benefit concert is happening tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited! It is my honor to introduce to you Soprano, Kelly Griffin. We can’t wait to meet her at the event tomorrow.
Ms. Griffin “brings her voice of considerable power and warmth to every role she embodies”, finishing last season with a return to Heartbeat Opera as Leonore in Fidelio and the featured soprano in Songs from the Spirit with MetLiveArts. Particularly suited to both Verdi and Puccini, the New York Observer applauded her Lady Macbeth as “sailing through the treacherous role with a lean, cool soprano encompassing both pingy high notes and gutsy plunges into chest register.”
During the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Griffin debuted three new roles: Leonora in La Forza del Destino with New Amsterdam Opera, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with Opera in the Heights, and Leonore in Fidelio with Heartbeat Opera. Opera News hailed her Leonore with Heartbeat Opera as bringing “a range of emotional color and a soprano of strength and polish” and The Wall Street Journal as “imposingly passionate…carrying off Abscheulicher! with authority.”
The previous season, she again had a role debut as the title role in Verdi’s Aida. Prior to that, Ms. Griffin sang performances of Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. She also joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild lecture series as Cio-Cio San and Tosca in Puccini opera previews.
Ms. Griffin has been heard in concert with the Miami Symphony Orchestra as Elettra in excerpts from ldomeneo, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in An Evening of Spirituals. The South Florida Classical Review hailed her as having “a fierceness matched by a rounded tone and superb coordination with the orchestra”. In addition, she has been featured in concert work with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Salt Marsh Opera Orchestra, and as a guest with the Kalamazoo College Orchestra in Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer.
Join us tomorrow at 3pm to see Ms. Griffin and many other talented singers perform at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. We hope to see you there!
From the Heart,
Susie and the HaitiChildren Family
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