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 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.

Early in the fall, Kelsey was privileged to return to Switzerland to open the 2020/21 season with concert performances of a Verdi Gala at the Opernhaus Zürich joining soprano Maria Agresta, tenor Bryan Hymel, and bass Alexander Vinogradov with maestro Fabio Luisi conducting. It was a great pleasure to be invited back to work after months in lockdown.

Recently, the baritone embarked on a new project with the Hawai'i Opera Theatre, teaming up with 'ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner to bring you a mix of Opera, Samoan and Hawaiian music, new takes on popular hits, as well as new compositions in HOT's first Opera Kanikapila. Visit www.hawaiiopera.org for the official release of this new endeavor in January of 2021.

2020 will forever be a year of hardships and loss. Kelsey mourns the passing of his mother, Debbie Kelsey, on October 16th. A huge part of the baritone's passion and respect for music and Opera came from his mother's dedication and love for the art form. She was an accomplished operatic and classical soprano as well as a high school and church choir director. She had just celebrated her 71st birthday a few days before her passing.

In February of 2021, Kelsey will make his company debut with the Palm Beach Opera in Puccini's LA BOHÈME with soprano Latonia Moore, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, tenor Micheal Fabiano, and bass Ryan Speedo Green, and a special appearance by American bass Samuel Ramey. Maestro David Stern conducts.

In the spring and summer, the baritone is eager for two upcoming major debuts. In the latter half of March, Kelsey will make his house debut with the Wiener Staatsoper in Verdi's RIGOLETTO. Cast includes soprano Nina Minasyan, mezzo-soprano Monika Bohinec, tenor Liparit Avetisyan, and bass Evgeny Solodovnikov. Maestro Paolo Carignani conducts. Then, the baritone will make a company and role debut with Opera Philadelphia in Puccini's TOSCA alongside soprano Ana-Maria Martinez and tenor Piero Pretti with Maestro Corrado Rovaris at the podium.

During these trying times, please be safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Only when we work together to keep each other safe will we be able to put this pandemic behind us and look to the future.