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.
Early in the summer, the baritone cancelled a company debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR due to illness, but returned to work in August for LA TRAVIATA at the Festival Castell Peralada in Spain with soprano Ekaterina Bakanova, tenor René Barbera, and maestro Riccardo Frizza.
To start off the Fall, Kelsey looks forward to a role debut in Verdi's LUISA MILLER in the comfort of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The cast includes soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, tenor Joseph Calleja, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and bass Soloman Howard. Enrique Mazzola leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
The baritone will return to NYC over the holidays having been invited to sing on the Met's New Year's Eve Gala with soprano Anna Netrebko. Following the gala, performances of LA TRAVIATA at the Metropolitan Opera run the month of January and into February with soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and tenor Dmytro Popov. Maestro Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
In the spring of 2020, Kelsey makes his Philadelphia Symphony debut in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and makes a long awaited return to the Ravinia Festival in Illinois in a solo recital.