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, the baritone was home with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with soprano Albina Shagimuratova in the title role and tenor Piotr Beczala. 2016 ended with performances of IL TROVATORE at the Royal Opera House alongside soprano Maria Agresta, tenors Stefano Secco and Najmiddin Mavlyanov, and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili.
In 2017, Kelsey will rejoin soprano Brenda Rae and tenor Mario Chang at Oper Frankfurt in a new production of Verdi's RIGOLETTO.
The summer of 2017 will prove to be a full one. The baritone is scheduled for another run of RIGOLETTO, this time returning to one of his favorite stages, that of the San Francisco Opera. Nino Machaidze is Gilda and Pene Pati the Duke of Mantua. Zanda Švēde sings Maddalena with Andrea Silvestrelli as Sparafucile. SF Opera music director, Nicola Luisotti, conducts.
Kelsey will be making two debuts in the summer. Early in August, he rejoins mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili alongside soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and tenor Marcelo Alvarez for concerts of AÏDA with the Chorégies d'Orange. Later in the month, the baritone will make his first visit to Australia for a concert of THAÏS with the Melbourne Symphony under the baton of music director Sir Andrew Davis. Soprano Erin Wall, tenor Diego Silva, and bass Daniel Sumegi round out the cast.
In the Fall, Kelsey returns home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in RIGOLETTO with soprano Rosa Feola and tenor Matthew Polenzani. Maestro Marco Armiliato conducts.
To round out 2017, the baritone will debut Peter in HANSEL AND GRETEL with the Metropolitan Opera with 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.