Kelley Rourke
Librettist

Biography
Kelley Rourke is a librettist, translator and dramaturg. She has collaborated with composer John Glover on projects including Lucy, Natural Systems, and Guns n’ Rosenkavalier, among others. The Glimmerglass Festival commissioned Kelley to write libretti for three youth operas that have been performed across the country: Odyssey and Robin Hood (both with Ben Moore) and Wilde Tales (with Laura Karpman). Kelley's modern English adaptations of numerous standard and not-so-standard operas have been hailed as “crackingly witty” (The Independent, London) and “remarkably well wedded to the music and versification in arias” (New York Times). Her work been commissioned and performed by Washington National Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, Carnegie Hall, Urban Arias (Washington, DC), Met LiveArts, Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, San Francisco Conservatory, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, American Opera Projects, Atlanta Opera and Nautilus Music-Theater, among others. Kelley has served as guest lecturer at Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and as a librettist mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. She was founding editor of Opera America magazine and a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. She is resident dramaturg for The Glimmerglass Festival and Washington National Opera. www.kelleyrourke.com

Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Glimmerglass FestivalThe Jungle Book8/3/2020 - 8/18/2020
Glimmerglass FestivalRobin Hood8/8/2017 - 8/18/2017


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