The Sunday Salon weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music! Unfortunately reserve seating is never allowed. This will be fabulous!
Quinn Kelsey began in opera in 1991 as a chorus member with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. For the Hawaii native, the last 22 years have taken him many places and have put him on many different stages in the U.S. and abroad.
Kelsey’s list of programs and study include the Chautauqua Institute with Marlena Malas, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program under Sherry Greenwald and Mark Morash, and three years at Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, now known as the Ryan Opera Center. As well, Kelsey was privileged to be accepted to the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation for two seasons.
The baritone was most recently heard in concert at the Lanaudière Festival under maestro Jean-Marie Zeitouni in a tribute to Verdi with colleagues mezzo-soprano Jamie Taylor, tenor Russell Thomas, and wife/soprano Marjorie Owens. In December, Kelsey will present an art song concert at home in Chicago.
Early this Fall, Kelsey returns to Oper Frankfurt as Guy de Montfort in Verdi's LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES with soprano Elza Van Den Heever, tenor Burkhard Fritz, bass Kihwan Sim, and maestro Giuliano Carella. After Frankfurt, the baritone will make his debut with the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA alongside soprano Marina Rebeka, tenorGiorgio Berrugi, and maestro Stephen Lord. Following performances in Seoul, Kelsey is happy to come home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago alongside Ms. Rebeka, this time for a brand new production of LA TRAVIATA with tenor Joseph Callejaand maestro Massimo Zanetti.
Early in 2014, Kelsey makes a long awaited return to the U.K. and English National Opera for RIGOLETTO, collaborating with soprano Anna Christy and tenor Barry Banks under the baton of Graeme Jenkins. In the spring, the Canadian Opera Company welcomes the baritone back to Toronto for Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE alongside "master bass" Ferruccio Furlanetto. And in the summer, Kelsey will join with opera couple Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello at the San Francisco Opera for LA TRAVIATA.