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.
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 will join the cast of LA Opera's ROBERTO DEVEREUX as a late addition alongside soprano Davinia Rodriguez, tenor Ramón Vargas, and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote with SF Opera music director designate Eun Sun Kim conducting. This will be a long awaited company debut! At the end of March, the baritone will offer a solo recital in Bennett Gordon Hall at the Ravinia Festival, north of downtown Chicago. Homecomings are always a treasured thing for one who's constantly on the road. From here, Kelsey will almost immediately leave for the East Coast for his Philadelphia Symphony debut in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The baritone will spend the bulk of the summer in Switzerland in a new production of Verdi's I VESPRI SICILIANI with Opernhaus Zürich. Cast includes soprano Maria Agresta, tenor Bryan Hymel, mezzo-soprano Judith Schmid, and bass Alexander Vinogradov with Fabio Luisi at the podium.
Stay tuned for announcements for the 2020/2021 season!! Lots more to come in the next 12 months!