Kyle Ketelsen Bass baritone

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Kyle Ketelsen studied at the University of Iowa and Indiana University.

His role repertoire includes Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Escamillo (Carmen), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Mr. Flint (Billy Budd) at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Count Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Méphistophélès (Faust), Golaud and Selim (Il Turco in Italia) at Opernhaus Zürich, Escamillo at the San Francisco Opera, King of Scotland (Ariodante), Masetto (Don Giovanni), the title-role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Méphistophélès and Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) at Lyric Opera Chicago, Nick Shadow (The Rake's Progress) at Royal Opera House, at the Dutch National Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona Basilio (The Barber of Seville) and Kaspar (Der Freischütz) at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Cadmus (Sémélé), Alidoro (La Cenerentola) and the title-role in Bluebeard’s Castle at the Canadian Opera Company Toronto, the title-role in Don Giovanni at Wiener Staatsoper, Golaud at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Adahm (Die ersten Menschen) at the Dutch National Opera, Leporello at the Washington National Opera, and Hamburg Staatsoper.

Last season, he sung the role of Richard in the world premiere of The Hours at Metropolitan Opera New York, the title role in Don Giovanni at Staatsoper Wien and Golaud at Los Angeles Opera. In the 2023/24 season, he sings Escamillo in New York and Jochanaan (Salomé) in Hamburg. 

On the concert platform, Kyle Ketelsen performs works such as Handel’s Messiah and Orlando, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, or Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

He has won many prizes and international competitions, among which the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Paris Opera debut 

Immerse in the Paris Opera universe

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