2018–19 Season: Escamillo in Carmen
American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2006 as Escamillo in Carmen. Last season, Ketelsen returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Escamillo and to the Opernhaus Zürich to reprise Méphistophélès in Faust. He also performed the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, appeared as Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and returned to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to sing Nick Shadow in Simon McBurney’s new production of The Rake’s Progress. Other career highlights include his role debut as Enrico VIII in Minnesota Opera’s production of Anna Bolena, his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Mr. Flint in Billy Budd, and performances of Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Bavarian State Opera, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. His recent and upcoming engagements encompass Leporello at the Dallas Opera and Opéra de Lyon, Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Bavarian State Opera, and Nick Shadow at Dutch National Opera.