Kyle Ketelsen has been announced as the winner of the 2018 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” Award.
The Dallas Opera announced that the American bass-baritone won the award for his portrayal of Leporello. The prestigious award is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a particularly memorable and outstanding company debut.
Ketelsen won the 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and renowned throughout the opera world for his powerful and sensitive bass-baritone.
In a statemtent, the bass-baritone stated, “It’s an incredible honor receiving this award, which I will truly cherish. Especially considering the list of former winners, as it’s a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ in our art form.”
He continued, “As performing artists, a considerable part of our being is to seek approval: from intendants, colleagues, critics, agents, and ourselves. Perhaps above all these is the desire to have our work understood and appreciated by the public. It’s the entire reason for our endeavors and serves as a substantial part of our inspiration to perform regularly at a high level. That instant, honest, visceral feedback from an audience is beyond description and is its own reward. This award encapsulates the essence of what it means for me to be a performing artist.”
Ketelsen will receive a beautiful etched-crystal plaque created by award-winning designers from Tiffany & Co. for The Dallas Opera.