As Brünnhilde, Kelly Cae Hogan was a revelation, handling her magnificent, quintessentially Wagnerian part with great power and assurance...

— The Washington Times

Biography

Ms. Hogan’s performances last season included her role debut as Leonore in Fidelio and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser for Staatstheater Kassel, as well as Salome with Portland Opera. This spring (2014) she makes another role debut, returning to Opera North in Leeds to sing Lady Macbeth in the famous Verdi work. She will also sing a Wagner concert with the Anchorage Symphony including excerpts from Tristan and Isolde, and in 2015 will return to Virginia for Salome and to Kassel for Turandot.

At the Metropolitan Opera Ms. Hogan sang in the premiere of the Robert LePage production of Die Walküre conducted by James Levine, and returned in subsequent seasons for performances with Maestro Fabio Luisi. Other recent Met appearances include the acclaimed Patrice Chereau staging of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as Gerhilde in the historic Otto Schenk Die Walküre conducted by James Levine, Lorin Maazel and Donald Runnicles. She looks forward to returning to the Met next fall for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich.

Having appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera as Gerhilde in Die Walküre, Ms. Hogan is now making her mark as Brünnhilde, singing her first with Virginia Opera, and then having the opportunity to jump in last minute for Opera North in Leeds for the premiere performance and the LIVE BBC Radio broadcast.

997web.jpgA popular portrayer of Strauss’ Salome, Ms. Hogan has sung the role with The Polish National Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Lyric Opera of Kansas City among others, as well as performing the role on tour throughout Japan. Kelly also reprised this favorite role in her company debut with The Portland Opera (Oregon) in November this past year.


Previous seasons for Ms. Hogan have included a return to Virginia Opera as Blanche in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, new productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Tannhäuser, and Fidelio with Staatstheater Kassel, Norma, Nabucco, Salome , and her first Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Bremen, Tosca in Weimar and Puerto Rico, and Turandot in both Kiel and Bremen, as well as her first Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and her first Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer in Schwerin. Recent concert performances include Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and the “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde with the Syracuse Symphony and the “Verdi Requiem” with the Fairfield Chorale and Orchestra.

In the U.S., Ms. Hogan has worked with companies such as Washington Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Portland Opera, Cleveland Opera, Nashville Opera, Kansas City Opera, Baltimore Opera, Utah Opera, Birmingham and Florentine Opera among others. On the concert stage, she has sung with the Dallas Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Trenton Symphony, Maine Pro Musica, Romanian Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de Costa Rica and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice.

A native of Iowa, Ms. Hogan was a winner of the American Opera Auditions and a New York winner of the MacAllister Awards. As a winner of the Liederkranz competition she sang a debut concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She and her husband have homes in Lower Manhattan and South Carolina.