Classically trained soprano, Actress
Imbuing the refinement of opera with a rebellious 21st-century spirit, New Zealand-born soprano Kelly Harris is renowned as a young champion of the arts, captivating audiences with her “luxuriant” and “cracker” performances. She was most recently heard this September in the title role of Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges presented by the University of Auckland.
Operatically trained, she is in her final year of a BMus/BA majoring in Classical Voice Performance and European studies, where she is a recipient of the prestigious University of Auckland Scholarship and the Evelyn M Harrison Scholarship. She studies with Dr. Te Oti Rakena, Catrin Johnsson, and Rachel Fuller. In partnership with the Auckland Art Gallery she could be heard giving patrons “the gift of song” as part of the exhibition Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation 2016-17.
Her talent has been recognised by both the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Nelson Symphony Orchestra having been invited to be a soloist at their 'Best and Young' and 'Solo Spotlight' concerts respectively. She has had the privilege of performing in the homes of Dame Jenny Gibbs and Sir James Wallace, and entertaining the guests of clients such as the French Embassy, The Northern Club, and Orsini Fine Jewellery. She looks forward to her upcoming performance as part of the Corsini Exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery as an APO Young Achiever.
Regularly featured by boutique company Opera Factory, she has performed roles including Papagena (The Magic Flute arr. Diack), Jazz Trio Soprano (Trouble in Tahiti), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), and Belle (A Christmas Carol).
Committed to connecting with a wider audience Kelly holds several prominent positions as a young arts influencer in Auckland’s artistic scene, including Auckland Student Ambassador for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Coordinator of the Young Friends of New Zealand Opera (Vanguard).
Beyond the operatic sphere, Kelly is a voracious Shakespearean actress. Having won the Sam Wanamaker award for Most Promising Actor at the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Festival 2012, she was invited to perform as Hippolyta and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe Theatre in London as part of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2013. Kelly stepped once more onto the Shakespearean stage in 2016 performing as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing at the Pop-Up Globe.