Kyle Ketelsen


The celebrated American bass-baritone returns to Lyric after appearances this season with the Metropolitan Opera (Escamillo/Carmen, Golaud/ Pelléas et Mélisande), the Zurich Opera House (Rodolfo/La sonnambula), and the French orchestra Les Siècles (Méphistophélès/ La damnation de Faust). He concludes the season as Escamillo at San Francisco Opera. Ketelsen has drawn on his exceptional versatility in recent seasons, portraying Henry VIII/Anna Bolena (Canadian Opera Company), Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress (Dutch National Opera), Leporello/Don Giovanni (debuts at Dallas Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra), Escamillo (Madrid’s Teatro Real), and Alidoro/La Cenerentola (Bavarian State Opera). European successes also include performances at London’s Royal Opera (five roles to date), Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Berlin State Opera (both as Mozart’s Figaro, a longtime signature role), Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (as Golaud), and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (as Nick Shadow), among other companies. Ketelsen made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Oratorio Society of New York in Haydn’s Creation. He has collaborated with Esa-Pekka Salonen for performances with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The bass-baritone has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Boulez (CD) and Berlioz’s Lélio under Muti.

Previously at Lyric: Seven roles since 1999/00, most recently King of Scotland/Ariodante (2018/19); Leporello/ Don Giovanni (2014/15); Don Basilio/The Barber of Seville (2013/14); title role/The Marriage of Figaro (2009/10).

Last updated: March 2, 2019
Photo: Lawrence Brownlee