Quinn Kelsey began in opera in 1991 as a chorus member with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. For the Hawaii native, the last 30 years have taken him many places and have put him on many different stages in the U.S. and abroad.
The baritone holds a Bachelor's of Music degree in Performance from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.
Kelsey’s list of programs and study include the Chautauqua Institute with Marlena Malas, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program under Sherri 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.
This summer, Kelsey was heard as Sir John in Verdi's FALSTAFF with the Santa Fe Opera in a production by Sir David McVicar originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Cast included Alexandra Lobianco as Alice Ford, Elena Villalon as Nannetta, Megan Marino as Meg Page, Ann McMahon Quintero as Mistress Quickly, Roland Wood as Ford, Eric Ferring as Fenton, Scott Conner as Pistola, Brian Frutiger as Dr Caius, and Tom Cilluffo as Bardolfo with Paul Daniel conducting.
In September, the baritone debuted a new role with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, that of Carlo in Verdi's ERNANI. Joined by soprano Tamara Wilson, tenor Russell Thomas, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, with LOC Music Director Enrique Mazzola at the podium, the José Maria Condemi production remounted by Louisa Muller proved a great success!
In November and December, Kelsey returns to the Metropolitan Opera for more RIGOLETTO through Dec 3 and then AIDA until Dec 27. RIGOLETTO cast includes soprano Rosa Feola, mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, tenor Benjamin Bernheim in his Met debut, and bass John Relyea conducted by Speranza Scappucci. AIDA cast includes soprano Latonia Moore, tenor Brian Jagde, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, conducted by Paolo Carignani.
In the spring of 2023, Kelsey will debut the lead in Verdi's MACBETH with the Canadian Opera Company with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, tenor Matthew Cairns, and bass Önay Köse, conducted by Speranza Scappucci, as well as a return to the Met for LA BOHČME at the end of the season.
In mid June, Kelsey is anticipating a long-awaited debut as the baritone soloist in the Brahms EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM with soprano Nadine Sierra, conducter Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
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