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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 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Opernhaus Zürich.
In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Kelsey returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for the Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Oper Frankfurt for Don . . . Carlo in Ernani and the title role in a new production of Rigoletto, and the San Francisco Opera for further performances of Rigoletto. He ends the season with his debut at the Chorégies d’Orange Festival singing Amonasro in Aida and with his Australian debut as Athanaël in Thaïs with the Melbourne Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis. Future projects for Mr. Kelsey include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, and a debut with the Washington National Opera.
Mr. Kelsey’s previous season began 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. He also made two important house debuts: first as Germont in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, then in the title role of Rigoletto in a new Claus Guth production at the Opéra National de Paris. Mr. Kelsey was also heard in solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and in Frankfurt.
Quinn Kelsey has performed major roles at many of the most prestigious opera houses, including the title role in Rigoletto (Opernhaus Zürich, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, Norwegian National Opera), the Count di Luna in Il Trovatore (Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Staatsoper Dresden) Germont in La Traviata (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Seoul Arts Center), Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Amonasro in Aida (Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Vancouver Opera, Bregenz Festival and in concert with Hawaii Opera Theatre), Marcello in La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera), the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Saito Kinen Festival, Teatro Comunale in Florence), and Sharpless in Madadma Butterfly (San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater). His complete repertoire is wide-ranging, however, and has included roles such as Valentin in Faust (Opera Grand Rapids), the title role in Falstaff (Saito Kinen Festival), the Messenger Spirit in Die Frau ohne Schatten (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Paolo in Simon Boccanegra (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome), Ezio in Attila (San Francisco Opera), Guy de Montfort in Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Oper Frankfurt), Sancho Pança in Massenet’s Don Quichotte (Canadian Opera Company), and Athanaël in Thaïs (Edinburgh Festival).
In concert, Mr. Kelsey has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony, Faure’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with the Grand Park Music Festival, and numerous works with major orchestral and choral organizations throughout Hawaii, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Rutter’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. In recital, he has been heard in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, at Wigmore Hall on the Rosenblatt Recital series, with Oper Frankfurt, at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and on their “On Wings of Song” Series in New York City, at the Cerritos Center in Los Angeles in the Jose Iturbi Recital Series, with the Lyric Opera and the Harris Theatre in Chicago, and with Performance Santa Fe.
Quinn Kelsey won a Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant (after winning a Sarah Tucker Study Grant) and was a finalist of the 2004 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition. He was a member of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, now known as the Ryan Center, for three years. In 2003 Quinn Kelsey won a Scholarship from the Solti Foundation of Chicago. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Kelsey received his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa under John W. Mount.
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