Quinn Kelsey began in opera in 1991 as a chorus member with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. For the Hawaii native, the last 23 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.
In December of 2013, Kelsey presented an art song concert at home in Chicago with Lyric Opera of Chicago senior music staff, Eric Weimer.
This spring, the Canadian Opera Company welcomed the baritone back to Toronto for Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE alongside "master bass" Ferruccio Furlanetto. Meanwhile, in the summer, Kelsey joined with opera couple Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello at the San Francisco Opera for LA TRAVIATA. And then in August, the baritone had the privilege of returning to Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto to debut FALSTAFF with Fabio Luisi conducting.
Early on in the Fall, Kelsey was heard onstage at the Metropolitan Opera as Marcello in LA BOHÈME, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago's IL TROVATORE with soprano Amber Wagner, tenor Yonghoon Lee, and conductor Asher Fisch.
Currently, the baritone is onstage at the Met for more LA TRAVIATA reuniting with soprano Marina Rebeka and tenor Stephen Costello. In the new year, Kelsey will join wife and soprano Marjorie Owens for a concert of arias and duets with the Hawai'i Symphony and conductor Stephen Lord. The baritone will then return to the Opernhaus Zürich for LA TRAVIATA with Ailyn Perez, as well as a company debut with the Santa Fe Opera in RIGOLETTO. And then in the Fall, Kelsey will open the 2015/2016 season with more Verdi to come.
Other upcoming concert engagements include an opera gala in Oslo, Norway in the spring of 2015 under the auspices of Operafocus LIVE.