The Belgian soprano Kelly Poukens (*1992) was runner-up in the finals of the Honda Competition for Classical Music (2017, Brussels, Belgium). She won the Prix Sophie in the finals of the Princess Christina Competition (2012, The Hague, the Netherlands). During the preliminaries of this competition she had already won the Laureates’ Prize and the Audience Award. She is often complimented on her personality, her keen sense of language and the sincerity and candour evinced in her interpretation and performance of lieder and arias. At the International Vocal Competition (2016, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands) the renowned bass-baritone Robert Holl commented: ‘When Kelly sings, you can hear a soul.’


Kelly regularly performs on a variety of stages in Belgium and abroad. She has given lied recitals in famed venues such as the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) and the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). In 2017–2018, she will be performing as a soloist with Holland Opera.


With a performance of Elle in Francis Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Kelly obtained her Master’s degree in Classical Vocals with great distinction at the LUCA School of Arts (Leuven, Belgium, 2014) in the class of mezzo-soprano Dina Grossberger. In 2015 she also obtained her Master’s degree in Chamber Music at the LUCA School of Arts, where she developed a deep love for the Lied genre. At the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Kelly was named talent–laureate as she obtained her Master’s degree cum laude in Classical Musical Theatre (Tilburg, the Netherlands, 2017). She felt delighted and honoured to be accepted as a participant in the London Masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom, 2017).


Currently Kelly is coached by the Dutch mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes and American soprano Roberta Alexander. She regularly takes private classes with the English soprano Dame Felicity Lott.




Jennifer Larmore, Benjamin Zander, Robert Holl, Rudolf Jansen, Marien van Nieukerken, Maarten Koningsberger, Miranda van Kralingen, Stefan Veselka, Ed Spanjaard, Alexander Oliver, Karin Bloemen, Pia Douwes, Roberta Alexander, Jard van Nes, Dame Felicity Lott