Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Theatre of Music

40 Years Strong! 

Lindsay Kesselman, Soprano

Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as "simply gorgeous...with a fully loaded palette of tone color," soprano Lindsay Kesselman is becoming increasingly known for her soulful singing, broad versatility, and stellar musicianship.  Ms. Kesselman is a passionate advocate for contemporary music - actively commissioning and collaborating with a diverse array of composers to create groundbreaking and dramatically-inspired works for the voice.

During the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Kesselman makes her Dutch National Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic debuts in a leading role of a world-premiere opera, Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World. 

Previously, she sang with the Philip Glass Ensemble on an international tour of Philip Glass' pioneering opera Einstein on the Beach. The production won the Laurence Olivier award for Best New Opera Production in 2013.

Ms. Kesselman appears in 2017 with HOWL, the inaugural ensemble to be featured by the Extended Residency Program at Montclair State University, premiering Quixote, a new work by co-founder and composer Amy Beth Kirsten and stage director Mark DeChiazza. 

Other upcoming projects include multiple performances of Songs from the End of the World, written for Kesselman and chamber winds by John Mackey, and tours with HAVEN, a soprano-clarinet-piano trio (www.haventrio.com). HAVEN has recently  released two albums on the Fleur de Son Classics label, and is a recipient of the 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Jon Magnussen. 

Recent projects include Ms. Kesselman’s debut in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall singing Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man, Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia (Béatrice), the world premiere of The End of Knowing by Robert Beaser for amplified soprano and wind symphony, and collaborating with Tony Arnold and the Adrian Symphony on Virtue by Christopher Theofanidis.

A burgeoning soloist in contemporary music, Ms. Kesselman has worked with composers Louis Andriessen, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, David Lang, Steve Reich, Amy Beth Kirsten, Abbie Betinis, and Hannah Lash, among others. She has also appeared alongside the GRAMMY award winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion. 

Ms. Kesselman is the resident soprano of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. In that capacity over the last four seasons she has performed music by Joseph Schwantner, Louis Andriessen, Amy Beth Kirsten, Chris Cerrone, Dan Visconti, David Stock, Mathew Rosenblum, and was featured in a staged production of Kieren MacMillan's Drunken Moon and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.

Kesselman holds degrees in voice performance from Rice University and Michigan State University. She currently lives in Winston Salem, NC with her husband, conductor Christopher James Lees, and son Rowan. More information can be found at: www.lindsaykesselman.com