Quinn Kelsey began in opera in 1991 as a chorus member with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. For the Hawaii native, the last 22 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. As well, Kelsey was privileged to be accepted to the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation for two seasons.
The baritone was most recently heard in concert with the Nashville Symphony under maestro Giancarlo Guerrero in Gustav Mahler's SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND. Upcoming projects include a recital concert on the stage of Den Norske Opera in the spring of 2013 with Tamara Sanikidze as well as recitals and concerts TBA in the US and Canada.
Late in the Fall of 2012, Kelsey made his company debut in a last minute addition as Paolo Albiani with the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, a role previously debuted a month prior with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Early in 2013, the baritone will make his company debut with Opernhaus Zürich for the lead in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO under Fabio Luisi in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca.
This summer, Kelsey makes his company and role debut with Oper Frankfurt as Guy de Montfort in Verdi's LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES.
Early in 2014, Kelsey makes a long awaited return to the U.K. and English National Opera for RIGOLETTO, collaborating with Anna Christy and Barry Banks under the baton of Graeme Jenkins. In the spring, the Canadian Opera Company welcomes the baritone back to Toronto for Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE alongside Ferruccio Furlanetto. In the summer, Kelsey will be heard as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA with opera couple Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello with the San Francisco Opera.