“Kelli O’Hara, for the win!”

kingprod03_444_407Kelli O’Hara has to be one of my favorite performers of today. A big reason is our similar voice types (power to the sopranos!). In every interview I’ve read about her, she always talks about how she picks material best suited to her voice, not the other way around. Last February, I was lucky enough to see her as Francesca in Jason Robert Brown’s Bridges of Madison County before it unfairly closed several months later.  Her technique and ease of voice was some of the best singing I’ve ever seen on Broadway (and for the record the entire cast was spot on).  O’Hara knows what she’s capable of, and succeeds by picking roles with a more legitimate vocal sound, including her Metropolitan Opera debut this past winter in The Merry Widow.  She also is a working mother with two young kids at home! This article further mentions how she makes time for her family while doing eight shows a week. O’Hara proves that you can do what you love, and still have a stable loving family as well. Something I want to strive for. Here’s a recent interview by Playbill.