The Kennedy Center

Kyle Ketelsen


American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is in regular demand by the world's leading opera companies and orchestras for his vibrant and handsome stage presence and his distinctive vocalism. His exciting 2011-12 season began with Teatro Comunale di Bologna's Japanese tour as Escamillo in Carmen and continues with performances at Houston Grand Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and as Don Fernando in Fidelio, at the Metropolitan Opera as Mr. Flint in Billy Budd, and Leporello in Don Giovanni, and at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro. Concert appearances include Brahms' Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, and Rossini's Moïse et Pharaon with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall.

In recent seasons Mr. Ketelsen appeared in his trademark role of Escamillo with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bayrische Staatsoper, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; he joined the Canadian Opera Company in a role debut as Alidoro in Cenerentola; sang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Hector Berlioz's Lélio under the baton of Riccardo Muti in both Chicago and at Carnegie Hall. He was also featured in recital with Elizabeth Futral. At Lyric Opera of Chicago he performed his renowned Figaro, and Mephistopheles in Faust, both conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He made his role debut as Nick Shadow in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden's The Rake's Progress and his debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as Leporello in a new production of Don Giovanni. In 2004, he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Masetto in an anniversary production of Don Giovanni conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. He has performed at many of the world's leading opera houses including: Teatro Carlo Felice, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Minnesota Opera, LA Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, Royal Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Michigan Opera Theater, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam Hamburg State Opera, Madison Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Michigan Opera Theater, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Orlando Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Minnesota Opera.

In concert, Mr. Ketelsen has collaborated with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Berlioz's Lélio, de Falla's El Retablo del Maese Pedro, and Kaija Saariaho's Cinq reflets au l'Amour de loin, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex. He made debuts with the Saint Louis Symphony in Messiah, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's Pulcinella, and with the Seattle Symphony in Mozart's Requiem under Itzhak Perlman. He has performed with the Orchestre National de France, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Haydn's Creation with the Oratorio Society of New York and repeated this work with Music of the Baroque in Chicago. Among the newest additions to his concert repertoire is Mahler's Eighth Symphony in Madison under John DeMain and Haydn's Harmoniemesse under Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland.

Mr. Ketelsen has won First Prize in several international vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation (Career Grant), the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, the MacAllister Awards, Fort Worth Opera, National Opera Association, Connecticut Opera, and the Liederkranz Foundation.

March 2012
Kyle Ketelsen