"...exciting coloratura ... it was a pleasure to hear [a soprano] with a unique tone... a rich mezzo-soprano quality in her lower register. We are sure to be hearing more from this promising young artist." -Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
Soprano Kinneret Ely is a freelance opera singer based in New York City and Tel Aviv. She covered the roles of Anna in Catalani’s Loreley and the Fata Azzurra in Respighi’s La Bella Dormente nel Bosco in Teatro Grattacielo’s 25th Anniversary Concert in September 2019. She sang the role of Violetta in La Traviata in July 2018 at the Jerusalem International Opera Masterclass (JIOM), and at their gala concert with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Tiberiu Soare. Her concert at the Felicja Blumental Music Center, with pianist Dan Deutsch and flutist Anna Kondrashina, was broadcast on Kol HaMusica in November 2015. She sang the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera NOVA in November 2015. She competed in the Bolshoi Young Artists Opera Program Auditions in 2019, the Montserrat Caballé International Competition in Zaragoza in 2014, and was a semifinalist in the 2013 Jenny Lind Competition. In September 2016 she performed in Rami Bar-Niv's songs in his "Rhapsody in Blue and White" concert, with the composer at the piano. Her YouTube channel has more than 16,000 views. She sang the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and Madame Cortese in Il Viaggio a Reims, both at the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. She participated in the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Role Preparation program, the International Vocal Arts Institutes in Tel Aviv, Israel and Montréal, Canada, and Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy. Her scenes roles include Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Violetta in La Traviata. She studied voice with Carlos Conde, W. Stephen Smith, Claudia Friedlander, Lucy Arner, and Joan Dornemann. She studied Italian at the Società Dante Alighieri in Siena, French at the Alliance Française in Paris, German at the Goethe Institut in Berlin, and Russian at the Derzhavin Institute in St. Petersburg. She graduated cum laude from the interdisciplinary Thomas Hunter Honors Program at Hunter College. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Kinneret was raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and Jerusalem, Israel.