Zabur is a modern oratorio written by Mohammed Fairouz and commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. I sing the role of the biblical character, David. He is seen here in modern day Syria in a bomb shelter. Feeling lost and despondent, the archangel Gabriel visits him and together they find the strength to go on and to inspire those around them with songs of hope and love.
Conducted by Eric Stark, this live performance was captured for the recording released by Naxos.
"Baritone Michael Kelly poured himself into the work as if he’d seen some of the horrors in person; to hear such emotive singing was uplifting, even though the subject matter was uncomfortable and troubling."
Together with the Fireworks Ensemble and soprano Courtenay Budd, we performed and recorded David Del Tredici's A Field Manual. The songs are chamber settings of poetry by Edward Field of varying subjects, often explicit in content.
Conducted by Steven Mercurio, this studio recording was released on the eOne label.