Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - "Love Songs"
"The rich-voiced baritone Kelly Markgraf, ably accompanied by Ms. Wu, offered a characterful rendition of the “Liederbuch des Hafis,” by Viktor Ullmann...Mr. Markgraf offered vocally and physically compelling interpretations of the four songs, including the sardonic “Vorausbestimmung” (“Predetermination”) and “Betrunen” (“Drunk”)."
Viven Schweitzer, The New York Times
Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall - Marilyn Horne's "The Song Continues" Recital
"Kelly Markgraf brought his round, erotically charged baritone to five songs by Charles Martin Loeffler..."
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
Chamber Music Northwest - Dover Beach
"Baritone Kelly Markgraf collaborated with the Orion String Quartet to give a superb performance of Barber’s “Dover Beach” (which is based on Matthew Arnold’s famous poem). Markgraf struck just the right amount of sentiment to give this piece enough heft yet not sink under the weight of the text and the dark colors of the music."
James Bash, Oregon Music News
Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra - Die Zauberflöte
"Kelly Markgraf was an endearing nervous wreck as Papageno, the bird catcher, and he used his focused baritone to splendid effect."
Donald Rosenberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Hawaii Opera Theatre - Don Pasquale
"Markgraf, in his HOT debut, ruled the production, his powerful, spot-on baritone commanding both the music and action."
Ruth O. Bingham, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Zankel Hall – Zaida
“The baritone Kelly Markgraf was a robust and earnest Allazim.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
La Jolla Music Festival – Dichterliebe
“Dichterliebe baritone Kelly Markgraf and pianist Ken Noda offered a carefully calibrated rendering…Markgraf’s rich, assertive voice seemed to grow in warmth and flexibility as the cycle went on…”
James Chute, San Diego Union Tribune
Opera Omaha – Le nozze di Figaro
“…Kelly Markgraf, as the Count, sang with a voice that was so beautiful and burnished that you almost forgot his character’s vengeful, prideful nature.”
John Pitcher, Omaha World Herald
Juilliard Opera Center – Falstaff
“…Kelly Markgraf was a powerful, imposing Ford.”
Steve Smith, The New York Times
Juilliard Opera Center – The Death of Klinghoffer
“…Markgraf was magnificent in his pivotal scene with the Captain, in which Mamoud sings alluringly…”
Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News
“…especially the charismatic baritone Kelly Markgraf as Mamoud…”
Anthony Tommasini , The New York Times
Minnesota Opera – Roméo et Juliette
“Among the comprimario roles, Markgraf’s nimble Mercutio was the standout: in the quicksilver “Queen Mab” ballad, Markgraf did full justice to the text while executing director David Lefkowich’s demanding choreography.”
“Kelly Markgraf’s nimble Mercutio is especially strong; his ‘Queen Mab’ ballad is three minutes of magic.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune