2016–17 Season: Title role in Rigoletto
Baritone Quinn Kelsey, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award recipient, made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2008 as Marcello in La Bohème and has since performed here the roles of Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Amonasro in Aida, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Enzo in Attila, and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. In demand for the Verdi, bel canto, and French repertoires, he sang last season Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Count di Luna and Giorgio Germont at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and Don Carlo in Ernani at Frankfurt Opera. Kelsey has made Rigoletto one of his signature roles with performances at Frankfurt Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Zurich Opera House, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, and Norwegian National Opera. In concert, Kelsey has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony; Fauré’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony; Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with the Grand Park Music Festival; and in recital at New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Later this summer, he makes his Australian debut as Athanaël in a concert performance of Thaïs with the Melbourne Symphony. In the fall, Kelsey returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Rigoletto and will debut Peter in Hänsel and Gretel with the Metropolitan Opera. He is a 2002 graduate of the Merola Opera Program.