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Next Season's Debut Artists: Quinn Kelsey

[This post is part of a series profiling the artists making their COC debuts in the 2011/2012 season]

"Kelsey boasts a rare and welcome gift, an enormous vocal sound that he deploys with the lightness of an acrobat. Although he can thunder and roar with the best of them – and do so with utmost technical precision – his phrasing is as fluent and graceful as the most intimate lieder singer." – San Francisco Chronicle

Name: Quinn Kelsey

Range: Baritone

Where he's from: Honolulu, Hawaii

What he's singing: The title role in our production of Rigoletto, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 22

Where he's been: He's making his role debut as Rigoletto this year in Oslo, Norway. He's also recently sung Marcello in La Bohème, Di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Amonasro in Aida with the San Francisco Opera; Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with New York City Opera; and, Schaunard in La Bohème and Monterone in Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera.



  • 2010 winner of the Martin E. Segal award (awarded by Lincoln Center)


Kelsey, as well as another artist making her COC debut this season, can both be heard on in this recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

In this audio interview from PBS Hawaii, he talks about his musical upbringing.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (0) / permalink

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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