( b. Aug 27, 1911 Eddington, Maine, USA - d. Sep 04, 2006 Rockland, Massachusetts, USA ) Male
Norman Kelley studied at the New England Conservatory, Pasadena College and then Eastman. He served in the military from 1940 to 1945, appearing on the radio show “Fort Bragg Salutes America.” By 1948, he was appearing in New York with the San Carlo Opera as Alfredo in “Traviata.”
In the 1950’s and 60’s, Mr. Kelley sang with the New York City Opera troupe, where his roles included the title part in the world premiere of Robert Kurka’s “Good Soldier Schweik” (1958), Robert Ward’s “Crucible,” Douglas Moore’s “Wings of the Dove” and Carlisle Floyd’s “Passion of Jonathan Wade.” He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1957 as Mime in the “Ring” cycle, but he will be remembered for his English translation of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” first performed in 1967 and used for decades thereafter.
Another career highlight was an “Abduction From the Seraglio” in Stratford, Conn., part of a Mozart bicentenary festival in 1956 arranged under the aegis of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, with Erich Leinsdorf as music director. Mr. Kelley was also beloved for his many performances with the City Center Gilbert and Sullivan Company, led by Julius Rudel.
source: New York Times