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Unfinished Opera About Nanny Well Received
Praise poured down like Portland rain on three women associated with a still unfinished opera staged at the School of Music, Edna Manley College (EMC), on Friday night.
The praise came at least partly, because of the patriotism of the audience, though, ironically, none of the three women - Nanny of the Maroons, the opera's main character; the composer, Dr Shirley J. Thompson, and soprano Abigail Kelly, the work's soloist - is a "born Jamaican". Click here to read more.
Abigail stars in Sacred Mountain in Jamaica Friday 9th Sept 2016
Shirley Thompson Music in association with Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts and University of Westminister present UK Soprano Abigail Kelly, in the opera 'Sacred Mountain' - Incidents in the life of Queen Nanny and the Maroons taking place at Vera Moody Concert Hall, Jamaica.
Abigail features on new CD 'Jesse Owens & Preludes In Our Time'
JESSE OWENS & PRELUDES IN OUR TIME featuring ABIGAIL KELLY | JOHNNY HERFORD | MEGUMI FUJITA
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA | STUART STRATFORD
The Philharmonia Orchestra are heard in all their majesty on the incidental music from Michael Stimpson's opera, Jesse Owens, a work about the legendary US athlete who won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics of 1936. This is accompanied by a collection of songs from the opera, arranged for soprano, baritone, and piano, in which singers Abigail Kelly and Johnny Herford beautifully illustrate the breadth of the work, the struggle, humour, and achievements of the greatest Olympian ever. These two works are complimented by Preludes In Our Time, for solo piano. Written while the world was looking towards the Beijing Olympics, this unique collection is enchantingly performed by Megumi Fujita, who also accompanies the singers.
Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival 2015 review - 'The Stage'
The subject of first night's second show is the Jamaican heroine Queen Nanny, the spiritual and military leader who led the Maroons into battle with the British in the 1720s. Sung and danced with grace by Abigail Kelly . . . .
"A further small group of live musicians would have made all the difference, but Kelly's natural musical abilities emerged unscathed."
Abigail headlines Black History Month Recital in Reading UK - 10.10.15
The Caribbean Associations Group (Reading) present a Black History Month Recital featuring Abigail Kelly performing arias from operas, songs from musicals, traditional African-American spirituals and Caribbean folk songs on Saturday 10th October 2015.
The Thieving Magpie, Midland Opera at the Crescent Theatre - Birmingham Post review, July 2015
The Thieving Magpie, Midland Opera at the Crescent Theatre - Birmingham Post , July 2015
As Ninetta, the falsely-accused servant-girl, Abigail Kelly was simply brilliant. Still young, she can boast an upper register into estremis which is mature, bright and clear, and she projects both musically and dramatically with cultured poise. Yes, she has a vibrato to her tone, but it's never intrusive.