Paul Austin Kelly
1960 Kingston, New York -.
In RA Format
I’ve just remembered that I was unfortunate enough to hear and see US tenor Paul Austin Kelly…..
He came to Chile, to sing in Santiago, Teatro Municipal.
He sang five performances of Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia” with an international cast that included soprano Christine Weidinger
mezzosoprano Ildiko Komlosi and bass Giovanni Furlanetto. The conductor was Maurizio Benini.
It was the first (and last) time that this opera was given in the 20th century and the performances took place in October and November
None of the singers was really outstanding but they managed to go through the difficult score, except, of course, the tenor
(Mr. Kelly) who was unable to render justice to the role of Gennaro. His “Di pescatore ignobile” was indeed “ignobile” (unnoble).
When I heard him in Zelmira together with Workman as Antenore. I wrote the following:
The better of the two is Antenore, sung by William Workman. Workman has a quite agreeable, audible voice for the villain part.
But this role was an outstanding one for the Chris Merrritt of the good old days, before he destroyed his voice with Arnold, and Workman is a quite an harmless villain, but
he does not distract from the quality of the performance. Ilo, the good guy if I may say, is sung by Paul Austin Kelly, a tenorino
with not much voice and very unpleasant high notes. A complete failure. Incredible that he has a worldwide career.
Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)
The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus)
Billy Budd (Captain Vere)
Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint)
La Sonnambula (Elvino)
Regina (Leo, Mr. Marshall)
Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
Lucrezia Borgia (Gennaro)
L’Elisir D’Amore (Nemorino)
La Fille du regiment (Tonio)
Zoraida di Granata (Abenamet)
Ruddigore (Richard Dauntless)
Yeoman of the Guard (Colonel Fairfax)
Les Pellerins de Mecca (Ali)
Orlando Paladino (Orlando)
The Merry Widow (Camille)
L’Esule di Granata (Alamar)
Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Testo)
Entfürung aus dem serail (Belmonte)
Don Giovanni (Ottavio)
Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)
Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)
Il Re Pastore (Alessandro)
La Finta Semplice (Polidoro)
Der Stein der Weisen (Nadir)
La Clemenza di Tito (Tito)
La Belle Helene (Paride)
La Rondine (Ruggero)
La Cenerentola (Ramiro)
La Pietra del Paragone (Giocondo)
Ermione (Oreste, Pilade)
Guillaume Tell (Le Pêcheur)
L’Italiana in Algieri (Lindoro)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
Maometto Secondo (Condulmiero, Selimo)
Armida (Ubaldo, Rinaldo)
La Traviata (Alfredo)
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.