"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.
The 2022/2023 season proved to be exciting and rich with diverse performances. Last Fall Ms. Borland performed in Virginia Opera's The Pirates of Penzance as chorus (Edith cover) and made her Richmond Symphony Orchestra debut as Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah under the baton of Blake Anthony. Later in the season she joined Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for a benefit concert and Virginia Opera again for their production of Verdi's La Traviata as both a chorus member and the role of Annina in the cover performance.
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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The Pirates of Penzance
L A D Y P S Y C H E
Victorian Lyric Opera Company's
7th Annual Gilbert & Sullivan Sing-Out
Friday, September 1st | all day
Saturday, September 2nd | all day
Sunday, September 3rd | all day
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre
Rockville Civic Center
603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville, MD 20851
Arias & Duets
Wednesday, September 27th | 11:15 AM
East Ocean View Community & Senior Center
Magnificat | John Rutter
Central Virginia Master Chorale
Conductor: Ryan Tibbetts
Friday, December 8th | 7:30 PM
Grace Baptist Church
4200 Dover Rd, Richmond, VA
Sunday, December 10th | 3:00 PM
Duncan Memorial UMC
201 Henry St, Ashland, VA
Requiem | Gabriel Faure
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Choir
Conductor: Beth Melchoir-Davis
Sunday, March 3rd | 10:30 AM
Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
8 N Laurel Street, Richmond, VA
Adam Turner, conductor
Mo Zhou, director
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 8th | 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 9th | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 10th | 2:30 PM
Harrison Opera House
160 W Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA
Saturday, March 16th | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 17th | 2:00 PM
George Mason University
4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA
Friday, March 22nd | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 24th | 2:30 PM
Dominion Energy Center
600 E Grace St Suite 400, Richmond, VA