Vocalist - Soprano
'Marriages,' Kaduce takes the plunge
When Boston Midsummer Opera was looking for singers to star in its inaugural production of "The Marriages of Mozart," tomorrow and Sunday at the Tsai Performance Center, it made perfect sense to cast soprano Kelly Kaduce in this unusual program of staged scenes from some of Mozart's most beloved operas.

Kaduce, 31, is one of America's fastest-rising young opera stars. She won the hearts of local opera fans in the late 1990s with her winning performances while studying at the Boston University Opera Institute, then proceeded to win the Metropolitan Opera's annual auditions in 1999. She's been back regularly since, and this spring she wowed audiences and critics alike with her star turn in the title role of Boston Lyric Opera's "Thais." And she'll return to the Lyric this fall for the title role in "Madame Butterfly."

And not only is Kaduce married, she's married to another singer, baritone Lee Gregory, who joins Kaduce for the evening made up of scenes about love and marriage from Mozart's "Don Giovanni," "Cosi Fan Tutte" and, of course, "The Marriage of Figaro."

Kaduce and Gregory, who met while touring small cities and towns around the country with the now-defunct Western Opera Theatre ("It was three months on a bus, so it had to be love!"), have been married for nearly five years.

The soprano admitted that sharing a life with another singer "has its ups and downs. But we can't imagine doing it any other way. We both love what we're doing as well as each other." So naturally the chance to work together was "a lot of the attraction of this particular project," said Kaduce, who added that the last time they sang together was a year ago. "It just doesn't happen as much as we would like."
T.J. Medrek, Boston Herald
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