American author and editor Brian Kellow was born on 1 March 1959 in Tillamook, Oregon. He studied at Oregon State University and then moved to New York.
He joined Opera News, owned by Metropolitan Opera Guild, as an assistant editor in 1988, and became managing editor, executive editor and then features editor, working for the magazine for twenty-eight years. He was eventually dismissed from this position in 2016, after openly criticising New York Metropolitan Opera in 2012, when the company was going through a bad period.
He was also a biographer, co-writing Can't Help Singing (1999) - soprano Eileen Farrell's memoir, and writing four major biographies.
Brian Kellow died in New York on 22 July 2018, aged only fifty-nine, from an aggressive brain tumour.