Baritone Quinn Kelsey was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated in Vocal Performance at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, under John W. Mount. At the time of the competition he was a second-year member of Chicago's Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. Roles at Lyric Opera included Wagner Faust, and Yamadori and Registrar Madama Butterfly.
In 2005, he was due to cover and sing Donner Das Rheingold, Amonasro Aida, the Forester The Cunning Little Vixen and Jules in William Bolcom's The Wedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was set to return to Hawaii Opera Theater for Ping Turandot. Engagements subsequent to the competition included several leading roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
In concert, Quinn Kelsey has performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, as well as the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, and John Rutter. He has also sung in Handel's Messiah, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Beethoven's Mass in C, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, and Puccini's Messa di Gloria.
Quinn Kelsey has performed with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Melot in Tristan und Isolde, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Marcello in La Bohème. Quinn Kelsey was a finalist of the 2004 Operalia Competition and won a Sarah Tucker Study Grant.
In his spare time, Quinn enjoys listening to different types of music, weight training and surfing the internet.
Singer of the World with Orchestra Concert 2 repertoire
- Bellini: Or dove fuggo io mai?...Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, I puritani
- Vaughan Williams: Bright is the ring of words, Songs of Travel
- Mahler: Die zwei blauen Augen, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
- Massenet: Ce breuvage...Vision fugitive, Hérodiade
Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize Concert 1 repertoire
- Ravel: La réveil de la mariée, Cinq mélodies populaires greques No 1
- Ravel: Là-bas, vers l'église, Cinq mélodies populaires greques No 2
- Ravel: Quel galant m'est comparable, Cinq mélodies populaires greques No 3
- Ravel: Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques, Cinq mélodies populaires greques No 4
- Ravel: Tout gai!, Cinq mélodies populaires greques No 5
- Brahms: Alte Liebe, Songs Op 72 No 1