A full lyric operatic Tenor, Ian Kelly is beginning to make a name for himself as one of the top emerging tenors in the pacific northwest. After years in professional musical theatre and barbershop quartet singing, Ian made the switch to classical voice. After studying opera in Lucca, Italy last summer, Ian has began to work with Opera Idaho. He could been seen last season in Opera Idaho’s productions of West Side Story and Aida. Ian’s other credits include Roger in Rent, Juan Peron in Evita, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, and a number of years performing onboard Celebrity Cruise Lines. Ian is currently finishing his vocal performance degree at Boise State University under the tutelage of Doctor Laura Rushing-Raynes, and currently resides in Meridian, Idaho with his wife Sabrina and one year old daughter Rosalie.

When I was nine years old, my father had me tag along with him to the rehearsal of his Men’s Barbershop Choir. That first rehearsal is truly the beginning of my love of singing. At sixteen years old, I started my own non-profit called “Northwest Vocal Project” (NVP). A men’s barbershop chorus for young men. Through its ten year history we grew from thirteen members to fifty, placing in the world championships, and winning a number of youth choral festivals. The chorus also helped my three older brothers start to sing. Soon after the formation of “NVP”, we formed our own quartet called “Momma’s Boys”. Barbershop led me to music, and inspired me to begin my professional career. After a few years performing musical theater around the northwest, and performing for a few years on cruise-ships, I found my true love, classical voice. Currently I am finishing my degree in Opera Performance at Boise State under Doctor Laura Rushing-Raynes, all while I teach voice and work with Opera Idaho.