Quinn Kelsey began in opera in 1991 as a chorus member with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. For the Hawaii native, the last 26 years have taken him many places and have put him on many different stages in the U.S. and abroad.
Kelsey’s list of programs and study include the Chautauqua Institute with Marlena Malas, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program under Sherry Greenwald and Mark Morash, and three years at Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, now known as the Ryan Opera Center. And for two seasons, Kelsey was accepted to the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Last Fall, Kelsey returned home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in RIGOLETTO with soprano Rosa Feola and tenor Matthew Polenzani. Maestro Marco Armiliato conducted the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
At the end of 2017, the baritone debuts Peter in HANSEL AND GRETEL with the Metropolitan Opera, Tara Erraught as Hansel, Lisette Oropesa as Gretel, Gerhard Siegel as the Witch, and world class mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Gertrude. Donald Runnicles conducts.
To kick off 2018, Kelsey will sing Di Luna in IL TROVATORE in January at the Metropolitan Opera alongside soprano Maria Agresta, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, and tenor Yonghoon Lee. Marco Armiliato conducts. The baritone then travels to Washington DC to make his company and role debut with Washington National Opera as Rodrigo in DON CARLO in March with Philippe Auguin conducting. The cast includes soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Russell Thomas, and basses Eric Owens and Andrea Silvestrelli.
At the end of the spring, Kelsey returns to the Metropolitan Opera to finish the run of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR as Enrico. Cast includes soprano Pretty Yende, tenor Michael Fabiano, and bass Alexander Vinogradov with Roberto Abbado conducting.
Summer engagements include a revival of LA TRAVIATA with Opernhaus Zürich, soprano Ailyn Perez, tenor Benjamin Bernheim, and Fabio Luisi conducting, and a concert in Honolulu in August, rep and location TBD.
The baritone looks forward to returning to New York City and the Met in the later months of 2018.