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 past spring and summer, the baritone with much excitement added two new roles to his repertoire! Opera Philadelphia gifted Kelsey his role and company debut in Puccini's TOSCA while Cincinnati Opera engaged him for his second production and company debut. As we're still in the middle of this pandemic, both productions were not the complete opera. Adhering to health guidelines, both were 90 minute versions. Kelsey looks forward to his first full TOSCA as soon as possible. In June, the Lyric Opera of Chicago explored a new endeavor, in light of these times of limited performing opportunities. Their new production of Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI came in the form of a film, shot on-location at the Civic Opera House. Find the listing under the Schedule link for your chance to watch the full video recording for free! The baritone joined soprano Ailyn Perez, tenor Russell Thomas, baritone Lucas Meachem, and tenor Eric Ferring as well as the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and music director designate Enrique Mazzola conducting.
The 21/22 season will DEFINITELY be full. Fingers crossed that nothing suffers closure due to health and safety. New productions of Verdi's IL TROVATORE with new music director Gianandrea Noseda and RIGOLETTO in Zürich and NYC respectively will be coming this fall and winter. Then, Kelsey continues into early 2022 with Verdi's AIDA at the Semperoper Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann and more RIGOLETTO in Zürich as winter turns to spring. The baritone returns to NYC to finish off a long eight months with Franco Zeffirelli's celebrated production of LA BOHÈME as well as the second half of RIGOLETTO, both at the Met.
Stay tuned for Kelsey's return to Santa Fe in the summer of 2022, as well as productions in Chicago in the fall and NYC in the winter!
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