Quinn Kelsey

Quinn Kelsey

Vocalists — Baritone

As Ezio in Attila at the San Francisco Opera: “[As Attila] Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto dominated the stage with his dark, rich voice and brooding charisma. Baritone Quinn Kelsey was his equal as the Italian warrior Ezio, his warm, resonant sound at times reminiscent of the great Leonard Warren.” —Mike Silverman, Associated Press, June 15, 2012

As the title-role in Rigoletto at the Canadian Opera Company: "…Kelsey could be a Rigoletto for the ages. His richly modulated voice, musical intelligence and dramatic physicality are exactly what the role demands. He gave a stupendous performance…" —Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, September 30, 2011

As Zurga in The Pearl Fishers with the English National Opera: “The vocal palm, though, goes to the revelation of the season so far, Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey as the friend faced with the dilemma of whether to punish his beloved Nadir’s sacrilegious pursuit of the priestess they both love. His Verdian sound is full and rich from ringing top to resonant bottom, the expressive use of the hoary text moving to tears.” —David Nice, The Arts Desk, June 2, 2010


Hawaiian Baritone Quinn Kelsey, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award recipient, is in demand for the Verdi, Puccini and French repertoires in houses such as the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Opernhaus Zürich and the Oper Frankfurt.

Mr. Kelsey’s current season begins with his return to Toronto as Germont in La Traviata, followed by performances of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Oper Frankfurt, Marcello in La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera and the title-role in Rigoletto with Opernhaus Zürich. . . .

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