"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 2021/2022 season include her Richmond, VA debut as Soprano Soloist in Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale performance of Handel's Messiah, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Commonwealth Concert Opera, as well as joining the Virginia Opera chorus for Le nozze di Figaro & The Sound of Music.
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,” 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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Le nozze di Figaro
Adam Turner, conductor
Kyle Lang, director & choreographer
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 25th | 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 26th | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 27th | 2:30 PM
Harrison Opera House
160 W Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA
Friday, April 1st | 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 3rd | 2:30 PM
600 E Grace Street, Richmond, VA
Saturday, April 9th | 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 10th | 2:30 PM
George Mason University
Center for the Arts Concert Hall
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Cosi fan Tutte
Commonwealth Concert Opera
Thursday, May 26th | 7:00 PM
Friday, May 27th | 8:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4103 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA
Tuesday, May 31st | 7:30 PM
Shockoe Sessions (In You Ear Studios)