Kyle Ketelsen


The renowned American bass-baritone triumphed earlier this season in role debuts as Kaspar/Der Freischütz (Bavarian State Opera, new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov) and Adahm/ Rudi Stephan’s Die ersten Menschen (Dutch National Opera). Last season he reprised his much-acclaimed Leporello/Don Giovanni at both Washington National Opera and the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and returned to the Zurich Opera House for his role debut as Selim in Il Turco in Italia. In concert, he reprised Leporello with Music Aeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis. Ketelsen has scored successes in recent seasons in roles as contrasting as Escamillo/Carmen and Golaud/Pelléas et Mélisande (both at the Metropolitan Opera, the former also at San Francisco Opera), Méphistophélès/ La damnation de Faust (the French orchestra Les Siècles), Henry VIII/Anna Bolena (Toronto), and Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress (Amsterdam). He has collaborated with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Riccardo Muti.


Roles at Lyric:  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: May 19, 2021
Photo: Lawrence Brownlee