Kelley Nassief



Kelley Nassief’s critically acclaimed and exquisite performances on symphonic stages across the globe have established her as one of the world’s leading concert artists. Her 2013-14 engagements included singing as soprano soloist in Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony at Konzerthaus Berlin; with Richmond Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem, also with Portland Symphonic Choir; with Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; and with Nashville Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. In season 2012-13 she reprised Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony in her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Recent season highlights include singing as featured soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with the New Bedford Symphony; in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”) with Fundaçao Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Saõ Paulo (Brazil) under Marin Alsop; in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to the Pacific Symphony, also in her debut with Fort Worth Symphony; Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, through the Fundacja Shalom of Poland; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica; Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra; and Ravel’s Shéhérazade, plus selected opera arias, with the Richmond Symphony. Other highlights include singing as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Louisville, Grand Rapids and Modesto symphony orchestras; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” with Da Camera of Houston; and Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

Nassief’s prolific career as a gifted concert artist has included appearances with the world’s leading conductors and symphonies. She performed Beethoven’s Ah, perfido! with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, Peer Gynt with Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Brahms’ Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under Neemi Järvi, and several appearances with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic to sing Peer Gynt, Elijah, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Other successes include the “Kaddish” Symphony in Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Dresden, Warsaw and Saõ Paulo; Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Eugene Symphony; and Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014-15 she returns again to the Grand Rapids Symphony as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and sings what is becoming a signature piece for her, the “Kaddish” Symphony, in her Dallas Symphony Orchestra debut.

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