August 20th, 22nd, 24th and 26th
Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto
Rigoletto – review
"While his music explodes with all too human anguish, his brutal nature, superbly portrayed by the Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey, is repellent. His boorish, tortured performance, together with a voice rich and secure from bottom to high top, is incomparable."
Fiona Maddocks - The Guardian/The Observer
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.
Most recent concert work include an appearance at the Lanaudière Festival under maestro Jean-Marie Zeitouni in a tribute to Verdi with colleagues mezzo-soprano Jamie Taylor, tenor Russell Thomas, and wife/soprano Marjorie Owens. In December, Kelsey presented an art song concert at home in Chicago with Lyric Opera of Chicago senior music staff, Eric Weimer.
Early last Fall, Kelsey returned home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago alongside soprano Marina Rebeka, tenor Joseph Calleja and maestro Massimo Zanetti for a brand new production of LA TRAVIATA.
Early this year, Kelsey makes a long awaited return to the U.K. and English National Opera for RIGOLETTO, collaborating with soprano Anna Christy and tenor Barry Banks under the baton of Graeme Jenkins. This spring, the Canadian Opera Company welcomes the baritone back to Toronto for Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE alongside "master bass" Ferruccio Furlanetto. And in the summer, Kelsey will join with opera couple Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello at the San Francisco Opera for LA TRAVIATA. In August, the baritone will have the privilege of returning to Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto for FALSTAFF for the first time ever. Fabio Luisi conducts.
And then, in the Fall, Kelsey once again rejoins Lyric Opera of Chicago, this time for Verdi's IL TROVATORE.