VIRGINIA WARNKEN KELSEY

VIRGINIA WARNKEN KELSEY

 

Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant,” “rich­toned alto” with “riveting presence,” Grammy© Award­ winning mezzo-­soprano Virginia Warnken is known for her heartfelt interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel and their contemporaries. In recent seasons Virginia has been seen on the main stages of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Hall, and has been featured as the alto soloist in Handel's Samson, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and most recently in Bach’s Matthäus Passion at both the Spoleto Festival and with Helmut Rilling at the Casals Festival. Also known for her exciting and unique performances of avant­-garde 20th and 21st-century works, she is a founding member of the groundbreaking Grammy©Award­-winning alternative­-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth. In addition to performing, Ms. Warnken has taught privately and guest lectured at Yale, Princeton, Williams College, Wellesley, Vassar, and Dickinson College, among others.