Often referred to as sultry, elegant, and compelling, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman has been hailed by Opera News for her “keen dramatic instincts” and “voluptuous tone”.
This past season saw Ms. Kellerman solo in Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Lima Symphony, in Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Mineola Chorale Society and made a role debut as the title role in Massenet’s Herodiade with New Amsterdam Opera.
Previous seasons saw Ms. Kellerman debut at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. She was seen as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Orchestra Iowa, and with the Taghkonic Chorale as the Alto Soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Notable opera appearances included numerous appearances as Carmen with Des Moines Metro Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, Augusta Opera, New York City Opera, and Ballet Tuscon to name a few.
Operatic roles have included: Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Amneris (Aida), Fenena (Nabucco), Preziosilla (La Forza Del Destino), Azucena (Il Trovatore), Arsace(cover) (Semiramide), Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), and Malcolm(cover) (La Donna Del Lago) with such houses as New York City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Lyric Opera San Antonio, Opera Delaware, Mid-Atlantic Opera, Westfield Symphony, Union Avenue Opera, and Musica Viva Hong Kong.
A sought-after concert artist, Ms. Kellerman made her Carnegie Hall debut as the Mezzo Soloist in the New York première of Paulus' To Be Certain of the Dawn. With the Topeka Symphony she was the Alto Soloist in the world première of Robert Aldridge’s grand oratorio Parables and was a soloist in the New Jersey Symphony’s Verdi's Requiem under the baton of Maestro Jacques LaCombe which was released as a commercial recording. Other New York City area concert performances include the Alto Soloist in Duruflé's Requiem, Bach's B Minor Mass, Mendelssohn's Magnificat, and Mendelssohn's Elijah.