(Sun Prairie, Wisconsin)
2018–19 Season: Escamillo, Carmen
American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2006 as Escamillo in Carmen, which he recently performed with the Metropolitan Opera and will reprise this summer in San Francisco.
In the current season, Ketelsen sings the role of Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Metropolitan Opera and appears in concert with the Madison Symphony. He performs Rodolfo in La Sonnambula at Opernhaus Zurich and the King of Scotland in the premiere of Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also sings Méphistophélès in Les Siècles’ La Damnation de Faust throughout France.
Recent highlights include Nick Shadow in Simon McBurney’s production of The Rake’s Progress at Dutch National Opera and his company debuts at the Dallas Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo as Leporello in Don Giovanni. In addition, he reprised Escamillo with the Teatro Real Madrid, as well as Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Bavarian State Opera.
Ketelsen has won First Prize in several international vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation (Career Grant), the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, the MacAllister Awards, Fort Worth Opera, National Opera Association, Connecticut Opera, and the Liederkranz Foundation. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa and Indiana University.