The Belgian soprano Kelly Poukens (*1992) is the winner of the Stiftung Blatow prize in the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (Germany, 2018), the silver award in the Manhattan International Music Competition (USA, 2017), she was runner-up in the Honda Competition for Classical Music (2017, Brussels, Belgium), won the Prix Sophie in the finals and received the Laureates and Audience Award during the preliminaries of the Princess Christina Competition (2012, The Hague, the Netherlands).


Recent opera highlights have included “Trio Girl” in Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) directed by Ted Huffman (Dutch National Opera, The Netherlands), “La servante” in Manon (Massenet), (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris), “Regan” in the new opera King Lear (Verdi, Markies) (Holland Opera, The Netherlands), “Marie” in the children opera “Meermeisje” (Van Geel) (Holland Opera, The Netherlands). She created the leading role of “Designer” in the contemporary opera WEAR (White) -short listed for the Scottish New Music Awards 2019 (London, United Kingdom) and made an impression with her interpretation of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and her video performance of Berio’s Sequenza III.


Kelly has given solo lied recitals in famed venues as the Henry Le Boeuf hall BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Belgium) and Het Muziekgebouw Frits Philips (The Netherlands). She performed the soprano solo’s in the film music of Morricone in Liege and Brussels under the baton of Christian Arming, made her oratorium Concertgebouw (The Netherlands) debut as Uxor Pilati in the Mathew Passion under the baton of Marc Albrecht. She made a CD recording of the song cycle “De Innigheid der dingen” by Flemish composer Piet Swerts and recorded  “I shall love thee” by Flemish composer Jan van der Roost for soprano and wood/brassband.


At the LUCA School of Arts (Leuven, Belgium) Kelly obtained her Master’s degree in classical singing (suma cum laude) and later on her Master’s degree in Chamber Music. At the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Kelly was named talent–laureate as she obtained her Master’s degree suma cum laude in Classical Music 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).


Kelly is often complimented on her keen sense of language, her acting skills and solo comedy programs where she combines comedy with classical singing.


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