American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen returns to the COC as Alidoro, having appeared as Ashby in 2001’s La fanciulla del West. During the 2010/2011 season Mr. Ketelsen appears in his trademark role of Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He can be heard with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of their new music director Riccardo Muti in Hector Berlioz’s Lélio in Chicago as well as at Carnegie Hall. He is also featured in duo recital under the auspices of the George London Foundation with soprano, Elizabeth Futral. Recently he returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to perform his renowned Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, both conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He made his role debut as Nick Shadow in Robert Lepage’s production of The Rake’s Progress at Royal Opera House Covent Garden conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Another important 2010 debut came at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Leporello in a new Dmitry Chernyakov production of Don Giovanni conducted by Louis Langrée.