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Vocalists

Quinn Kelsey


— Baritone

As the title-role in "Rigoletto" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago: "Inspired casting of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto created a scintillating evening at the Civic Opera House, with Quinn Kelsey embracing the title role both musically and dramatically – a Verdi baritone of the first rank. The first-act duet “Figlia! Mio padre!” with Rosa Feola as Gilda had a sense of urgency and paternal care. Kelsey enhanced the text with well-thought phrasing, especially in the repeated passages, where his vocal rhythms deftly matched Verdi’s line, creating a believable and sympathetic character. In the second-act aria with the chorus, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” (in which Rigoletto deciding to seek vengeance on the Duke), Kelsey responded to the courtiers’ barbs directly, while his feigned agreement to serve as jester was underscored with ironic glances that let the audience know he was taking things in his own hands. It was no surprise that he earned extended applause. The scene that followed with Feola was also persuasive, and the unaccompanied passages resonated as the audience seemed to hold its collective breath. Kelsey increased his intensity in the final scene, where the dialogue with his dying daughter was etched in the air with restraint and reserve. It was a masterful ending that capped an incredibly moving performance."
James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International, October 11, 2017

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

About

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.

Mr. Kelsey’s 2017-2018 season includes returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the title role in Rigoletto, the Metropolitan Opera for Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, . . .

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