Kylee Slee

Kylee Slee

Lyric Contralto

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2016Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorAlto soloist


American Contralto Kylee Slee is a recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned her Masters degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Sharon Daniels and also pursued her interests in conducting and composition.  She graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Vocal Performance from Pepperdine University, with additional concentrations in Italian, conducting, and composition.  Kylee sang in the Prague Choral Festival as part of the Prague Proms in 2011 and 2014, performing the Mozart and Faure Requiems at Smetana Hall.  In 2011, she also studied opera in Heidelberg, performing concerts throughout Germany and Austria.  In 2014, she toured Switzerland and the Czech Republic with the Pepperdine Chamber Choir as both choir member and assistant conductor, making her European conducting debut in Geneva. Kylee has appeared as the alto soloist in numerous concert works, including the Mozart Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Handel's Messiah.  She made her Boston Symphony Hall debut in April of 2016 as the alto soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, under the baton of Ken-David Masur.  She has also performed as a soloist in concerts with members of both Emmanuel Music and The Boston Camerata. Kylee's operatic roles span a variety of repertoire from early Baroque opera to world premieres.  As a Young Artist at Opera NEO in San Diego, she sang the role of Pallade in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.  With Center Stage Opera in Los Angeles, she appeared as the First Lay Sister in Puccini's Suor Angelica. In 2015, Kylee made her debut with Boston University's Opera Institute as Hannah Pitt in Angels in America, a performance that garnered these reviews: "Kylee Slee was at ease with the florid writing, and colored her mezzo-soprano to persuade in her role as an aged rabbi." - Boston Classical Review.  "As Hannah Pitt, Kylee Slee conveyed the peculiar mixture of Puritanism and maternal concern." - The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Other roles at Boston University included Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, broadcast live on Boston's public radio station; and Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, for which her voice was praised for its "maternal warmth."  Cover roles included Thelma in John Musto's Later the Same Evening, and Madame de la Haltiere in Massenet's Cendrillon. With Lowell House Opera, she sang the role of the Countess in Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame.  The Boston Globe praised her acting, as "a suitably bad-tempered Countess." With MetroWest Opera, Kylee did triple-duty as assistant conductor, cover for La Zelatrice, and a member of the chorus in Puccini's Suor Angelica.  As an Apprentice Artist with the Nahant Music Festival, she created the role of Carabosse in the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty by Boston composer Francine Trester, for which The Boston Musical Intelligencer called Kylee Slee "a standout ... as a wicked fairy with attitude and a big voice." Kylee has twice been a first round finalist in the Classical Singer Competition, a finalist in the Center Stage Opera Vocal Competition, and a semi-finalist in the James Toland Vocal Competition.  She has performed in masterclasses with such esteemed artists as Margo Garrett, Judith Forst, Sheri Greenawald, Jessica Rivera, and Warren Jones. Most recently, Kylee made a company debut as Mercedes in Carmen with Opera Las Vegas, and performed concerts with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, Canada.
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minor Alto soloist Boston University Symphony Orchestra 2016