The Dutch soprano Kelly God will give her debut in the role of Isolde in Tristan
und Isolde at the Staatsoper Hannover in 2018-19.
She is very successful in full lyric soprano roles at her home opera house in Hanover,
including as The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Liù in Turandot, Elisabeth in
Tannhäuser, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, Freia in Das Rheingold, Contessa in Le Nozze
die Figaro, EllenOrford in Peter Grimes,Giorgetta in Tabarro, Gertraud in Der Traumgörge,Katerina Ismailova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Jenufa as well as Tosca, Sieglinde
in Die Walküre andMarie in The Bartered Bride.
In 2017-18, she will sing Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer, Gertrud in Hänsel und
Gretel, Agathe in Der Freischütz as well as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites.
Besides the role of Isolde, in 2018-19 she will also perform again as Senta and Gertrud.
Kelly God’s recent guest engagements have included Amelia in Un ballo in maschera
and Sieglinde in Die Walküre at De Nationale Reisopera, Gerhilde inDie Walküre at
the Opéra National de Paris, as well as the role of Tosca at theDomstufen-Festspiele
Erfurt, where she achieved a great success. In 2018, the soprano will be a guest
at the Theater Erfurt as Senta.
As a concert singer, Kelly God can often be heard with renowned orchestras, including
the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Holland Symfonia, Het Noord Nederlands
Orkest, Het Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest and Het Gelders Orkest
with works such as Verdi’s Reqiuem, Haydn’s The Creation, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
and Missa Solemnis.
For the 50th anniversary of “Het Nationaal Ballet Amsterdam”, Kelly God sang the
Vier letzten Lieder by Richard Strauss (choreography: Rudi van Dantzig). In January
2018 she was the sole vocal soloist in a series of New Year’s concerts conducted
by Philippe Herreweghe with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.
Kelly God was born in 1975 in the Netherlands and studied voice at the Maastricht
Academy of Music with Prof. Mya Besselink, completing her concert diploma and opera
examination with distinction.
The soprano attended various master classes in Lied interpretation, including with
Elly Ameling, Semjon Skigin and Rudolf Janssen. She is a prizewinner of the Erna
Spoorenberg oratorio competition, the prestigious Henriette Hustinx Prize Maastricht
and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna.
She achieved her first major successes during her studies, including as Magda Sorell
in Menotti’s The Consul within the Coupe Maastricht, at the Stadttheater Gießen as
Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and in the Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia as Agathe
in Der Freischütz.
Kelly God’s first permanent engagement was at the Theater Erfurt in the 2002-03 season,
where she made a name for herself as Adriana Lecouvreur, DonnaAnna in Don Giovanni,
Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Maria Stuarda, Electress Marie in Der Vogelhändler,
Amazily in Fernando Cortez, Cook in Waiting for the Barbarians and The Marschallin
in Der Rosenkavalier. At the Domstufen-Festspiele in Erfurt she portrayed Maria in
Strauss’ Friedenstag and Nedda in I Pagliacci. Through the present day she remains
affiliated with the opera house as a guest.