Kelli Van Meter

Soprano Kelli Van Meter (they/she) has been critically acclaimed for the “dramatic power” and “searing high notes” they bring to their interpretations of some of the most iconic heroines in the soprano repertoire. As a consummate musician and colleague, they recently made an exhilarating debut with the Kansas City Symphony as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with under 12 hours notice.

A dedicated advocate for queer artistry and representation, Kelli collaborated with the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City appearing on their New Music Compositions concert in May 2023, which showcased the work of four queer composers.

Kelli recently finished their tenure as the 2023–2024 Soprano Resident Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. There, they sang Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, Woglinde and Waldvogel in The Journey to Valhalla, and Mother in Sketchbook for Ollie. They also created the role of Querulous String in the world premiere of Rosabella Gregory and Dina Gregory’s opera, The Haberdasher Prince. This August, Kelli will perform their role debut of Donna Anna in the Lawrence Opera Theatre’s production of Don Giovanni.

Kelli is currently based in Kansas City with their partner, mezzo-soprano Emily Stott and their three cats, Morris, Marietta, and Bonnie. In their spare time, Kelli enjoys being outside, reading a good book, and game nights with friends.