As the wizard of “As One” and “Green Sneakers, ” Michael Kelly is afforded a distinct opportunity to introduce LGBTQ-inclusive fibs to brigades of opera fans across the country. Still, the baritone said he remains “continually forestalled by the lack of quality representation of our community” in all aesthetic mediums, including his own.
“Americans readily celebrate the evolution of visual art beyond its descents and take great pride in our own visual masters, integrating their work into our culture, ” the New York native told HuffPost. “Music, however, is labelled by preferences of genre and vogue … there are so many of our storeys hitherto to be told and shared with the world.”
Kelly’s passion for telling beloved narratives that “transcend normative ideals” most recently invigorated his register of “My Funny Valentine, ” premiering alone on HuffPost and viewable above.
Legendary masters like Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand has already been applied their signature slants on the song, written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1937 musical, “Babes in Arms.” Praising the track’s “furtive melody, ” Kelly is hopeful gatherings will espouse his copy, more — calling it “a juicy sing.”