Kelley Rourke is a librettist, translator and dramaturg. She has collaborated with composer John Glover on projects including Lucy, Natural Systemsand Guns n’ Rosenkavalier, among others. Kelley has written libretti for three youth operas at The Glimmerglass Festival: Odyssey and Robin Hood (both with Ben Moore) and Wilde Tales (with Laura Karpman). Kelley's modern English adaptations of numerous standard and not-so-standard operas, which have been hailed as “crackingly witty” (The Independent, London) and “remarkably well wedded to the music and versification in arias” (New York Times), have been commissioned and performed by companies including English National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, among others. Upcoming engagements include a new English adaptation of The Cunning Little Vixen for Glimmerglass, new productions of Odyssey at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Minnesota Opera, and an evening-length piece, with John Glover, for Del Sol Quartet and Jesse Blumberg. A list of recent projects can be found here.

Kelley is resident dramaturg for both The Glimmerglass Festival and Washington National Opera. Her supertitle translations (70+) have been commissioned and licensed by opera companies across the country. She was the founding editor of Opera America Magazine and a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Kelley holds degrees in Arts Management and Piano Performance; for many years she maintained a private piano studio in Washington, DC.

Kelley’s work as a collaborative artist is supported by nearly two decades' study and practice of yoga. In 2010 Kelley began working with public school students, teachers and administrators (in cities including New York City, Houston, Indianapolis, El Paso and Columbia, SC) to share simple movement and mindfulness practices that have been shown to improve educational outcomes and school culture. She was introduced to the Ashtanga yoga method of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2005 by Keith Moore, and has studied with Eddie Stern since 2009; she has also made two extended trips to Mysore, India, to study with Paramaguru Sharath Jois.