Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “simply gorgeous…with a fully loaded palette of tone color” Lindsay Kesselman is a soprano quickly becoming known for her soulful singing, broad versatility, and her exemplary musicianship. She passionately advocates for contemporary music, actively commissioning and collaborating with a diverse array of composers to create unique, groundbreaking, and dramatically-inspired works for the voice.
Kesselman made her debut during the 2015-16 season with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Dutch National Opera in a leading role of a new opera by composer Louis Andriessen entitled Theatre of the World. A live audio recording will be released on Nonesuch later this season.
In 2012-2015 she sang with the Philip Glass Ensemble on an international tour of Philip Glass’ ground-breaking opera Einstein on the Beach, which included 15 cities and the Latin American premiere of the piece. In 2013 this production won the prestigious Laurence Olivier award for Best New Opera Production.
Kesselman is the resident soprano with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and in that capacity has performed music by Joseph Schwantner, Louis Andriessen, Amy Beth Kirsten, Chris Cerrone, Dan Visconti, David Stock, Mathew Rosenblum, and a staged production of Kieren MacMillan’s Drunken Moon and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
Upcoming performances include Kesselman’s debut performance with the North Carolina Symphony singing Robert Kapilow’s Green Eggs and Ham, her debut with the Charlotte Symphony singing John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, the premiere of a new piece by Ian Dicke, the Poulenc Gloria with the Buffalo Master Chorale, and multiple performances of Songs from the End of the World by John Mackey, written for Kesselman and chamber winds. She will also be featured on upcoming recordings with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony and the UNCG Wind Symphony.
HAVEN, Kesselman’s trio with Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet and Midori Koga, piano (www.haventrio.com) actively commissions and tours throughout North America. They recently released two albums on the Fleur de Son Classics label entitled Bright Angel and Atonement. HAVEN was the recipient of a 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Jon Magnussen.
Recent highlights include Kesselman’s Carnegie Hall debut singing Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia (Béatrice) as part of the Andriessen75 Festival with the Great Noise Ensemble, the premiere of The End of Knowing, a song cycle by Robert Beaser for soprano and wind symphony, collaborating with Tony Arnold and the Adrian Symphony (MI) on Virtue by Christopher Theofanidis, and the release of Kesselman’s debut album of American contemporary music in 2014 on the Bad Wolf Music label, entitled If this world could stop. A track from this album was featured on the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Spring 2015 mixtape.
Other recent appearances include Orff’s Carmina Burana and Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the Akron Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), a holiday concert with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with members of the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Cleveland Heights Chamber Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in metro Chicago, and several concerts with Houston’s Camerata Ventapane at the 2nd Annual Baroque Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Kesselman holds degrees in voice performance from Rice University and Michigan State University. She is represented by Trudy Chan at Black Tea Music (www.blackteamusic.com) She currently lives in Winston Salem, NC with her husband, conductor Christopher James Lees, and son Rowan.