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Photograph by Afra Lu

Soprano Kelli Van Meter is a native of Western Nebraska. 

Recent roles performed include the title role of Suor Angelica, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Elle (La Voix Humaine), Violetta (La Traviata), Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera), Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), and Daughter (Strawberry Fields), as well as opera scenes as Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and The Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier). Ms. Van Meter sang the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica with UMKC Opera, where a reviewer hailed her ability to portray “innocent vulnerability while at the same time able to project the dramatic power and searing high notes required of the composer’s climactic soprano arias.”

Kelli has been featured as a soloist with the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and the Hastings Symphony Orchestra and has been selected as UMKC’s 2019 Chancellor’s Competition winner as well as the Division winner of the 2019 Naftzger Young Artist Competition.

Ms. Van Meter has recently finished their two-year appointment as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Soprano Apprentice Artist, a program that partners with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Ms. Van Meter completed her Bachelor of Music degree from Hastings College, NE and Masters of Music degree at the University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Dr. Maria Kanyova. 

Kelli is currently living in Kansas City with their partner, mezzo-soprano Emily Stott and their three cats, Morris, Marietta, and Bonnie. In their spare time, Kelli enjoys being outside, reading a good book, and game night with friends. 

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