Quinn Kelsey


Michael Benchetrit
Press Resources
“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.”
James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International, Rigoletto at Lyric Opera of Chicago, October 11, 2017

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.

This season Quinn Kelsey returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a new role, Miller in Luisa Miller, before reprising his celebrated Germont in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and joining the company as Marcello in Act I of La Bohème for their New Year’s Eve Gala. He returns to the Opernhaus Zürich for Guido di Monforte in a new Calixto Bieito production of I Vespri Siciliani. Future projects include debuts at the Vienna State Opera and Opera Philadelphia and returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opernhaus Zürich, Santa Fe Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.

Last season, Quinn Kelsey returned to the Metropolitan Opera for his celebrated Germont in the new production of La Traviata, along with Amonasro in Aida. He also returned to Zurich for the title-role in Rigoletto and to Hawaii for more performances as Germont. He made debuts in Dallas as Ford in Falstaff and in Spain at the Peralada festival as Germont.

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.