GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - With two decades of performance under his belt, professional opera singer Kelly Anderson turned his attention to music administration. Most recently, the 46-year-old performer became the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra's newest executive director.
"I've only been with the symphony about month," Anderson said, noting that he already feels at home in Grand Junction. "The people here are incredibly friendly, nice and welcoming. I've already started to bump into people I know."
Before moving to the Grand Valley, Anderson most recently worked as the Director of Artistic Administration with Florida Grand Opera.
As a leading operatic baritone, he's also performed with a variety of opera companies both nationally and internationally. Performances have spanned the Houston Grand Opera, the New York City Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Opera Leipzig, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Florentine Opera, the Hawaii Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and more.
According to Anderson, he will additionally make his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in January 2013 in Peter Eotvos' new opera, "Angels in America." He will play the role of Roy Cohn.
"I've been on both sides, both artistic and administration," he said, noting that he truly understands all aspects of what a musician goes through - from practice to auditions. Plus, his strong musical ear will lend itself well to a leadership role with GJSO.
Originally from Indiana, Anderson said he received his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory and a Master of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
When Anderson isn't busy working or singing, he'll be pursuing a few other passions - photography, fitness and anything outdoorsy.