The Hawaiian baritone, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus and 2015 winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Award, is one of today’s few true Verdi baritones. He makes his long-awaited role debut as Miller after triumphs as Rigoletto (San Francisco, Toronto, London, new productions in Zurich, Oslo, Santa Fe, and Paris), Germont/La traviata (recent new Met production, Covent Garden debut), Falstaff (Saito Kinen Festival – in the same work, he also recently debuted as Ford in Dallas), Ezio/Attila (San Francisco), Paolo/Simon Boccanegra (Rome), Amonasro/Aida (Lyric, Met, Bregenz, San Francisco), Count di Luna/Il trovatore (Dresden, San Francisco), and Montfort/Les vêpres siciliennes (new Frankfurt production). Kelsey’s operatic repertoire additionally encompasses Sancho/Don Quichotte (Toronto), Zurga/ The Pearl Fishers (London), Athanaël/Thaïs (Edinburgh), and the Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen (Japan, Florence). He has presented recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony (CD, Grammy winner).
Previously at Lyric: 18 roles since 2003|04, most recently Miller/Luisa Miller (2019|20), title role/Rigoletto (2017|18); Enrico Ashton/Lucia di Lammermoor (2016|17); Count di Luna/Il trovatore (2014|15).
Last updated: October 12, 2019