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"Keely Borland...delivered above and beyond with a voice like a songbird and a range that I personally haven’t seen in the DMV for some time. Borland was a pleasant and welcome surprise from the minute she opened her mouth." / TheatreBloom

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Praised for her 'requisite emotion, physically as well as vocally' (ShowBizRadio), Keely Bosworth Borland is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic lyric coloratura soprano.

Exciting forthcoming projects in the 2022/2023 season include chorus & Edith cover in Virginia Opera's The Pirates of Penzance as well as Ms. Borland's Richmond Symphony Orchestra debut performing Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah

Although Ms. Borland's 2020/2021 engagements were canceled due to the pandemic, she kept busy with a wide variety of virtual collaborations and role performances including Carrie Pipperidge/Carousel, Anne Egerman/A Little Night Music, and Hodel/Fiddler on the Roof. Canceled performances included Anne Egerman/A Little Night Music with Stillpointe Theatre, a return to BaltiQWERT 18 for Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, as well as a solo recital with the Tuesday Concert Series DC featuring works by Piaf, Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Trenet, Chaminade, and Herbert.

Performance highlights include Fiona MacLaren in Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical Brigadoon with Rockville Musical Theatre, Rapunzel in St. Petersburg Opera’s Into the Woods, where Broadway World remarked that she “possesses a lovely voice and plays her screaming Act 2 fear quite well,” Due Donne/Le nozze di Figaro with Virginia Opera, First Lady/The Magic Flute with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Gretel/Hansel and Gretel with Opera Louisiane, Soprano Soloist (Gabriel/Eve) in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Choralis, and Soprano Soloist in David Lang’s the little match girl passion with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

A champion of operetta, Ms. Borland has performed most of the soprano heroines in the Gilbert & Sullivan canon including Mabel/The Pirates of Penzance, Josephine/H.M.S. Pinafore, Elsie Maynard/The Yeomen of the Guard, Rose Maybud/Ruddigore, Gianetta/The Gondoliers, Constance/The Sorcerer, Princess Ida/Princess Ida, Celia/Iolanthe, Peep-Bo (Yum-Yum cover)/The Mikado, as well as the lesser known roles Sultana Zubeydeh (Rose-in-Bloom) in Sullivan’s The Rose of Persia, Bella Giretti in Lehar's Paganini and Lady Marian Fitzwalter in DeKoven's Robin Hood.

Ms. Borland has been a Young Artist at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera) as well as a Professional Artist at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, SongFest, and the Opera Naples’ inaugural Renata Scotto Opera Program.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she earned a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance & Art History from Lawrence University/Conservatory of Music.

Keely currently resides in Richmond, VA with her partner as they convert a Retired Air Force Bus into their new tiny home on wheels. Intrigued? Follow along on Instagram @WRENNAbus

 
 

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OPERA CHORUS /

EDITH COVER

The Pirates of Penzance

Virginia Opera

Adam Turner, conductor

Kyle Lang, director & choreographer

Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Friday,  November 4th | 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 5th | 2:30 PM

Sunday, November 6th | 2:30 PM

Harrison Opera House

160 W Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

Saturday, November 12th | 8:00 PM

Sunday, November 13th | 2:00 PM

George Mason University

Center for the Arts Concert Hall

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

Friday, November 18th | 8:00 PM

Sunday, November 20th | 2:30 PM

Carpenter Theatre

600 E Grace Street, Richmond, VA

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SOPRANO SOLOIST

Messiah

Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Blake Clark, conductor

Richmond Symphony Chorus

Friday, December 2nd | 7:30 PM

River Road Church

8000 River Road, Richmond, VA

 

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Ah! douce enfant | Cendrillon • J. Massenet

A Lucky Child | At the Statue of Venus • J. Heggie

A Lovely Night | Cinderella • Rodgers & Hammerstein

Waitin' for my Dearie | Brigadoon • Lerner & Loewe

Inside Out | A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder • S. Lutvak

Poor Wandr'ing One | The Pirates of Penzance • A. Sullivan

Simple Little Things | 110 in the Shade • H. Schmidt

Till There Was You | The Music Man • M. Willson

I Wish You Love • C. Trenet

Soprano Soloist | the little match girl passion • D. Lang

• For more recordings please visit my YouTube and Soundcloud channels.  

 

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