Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Kenneth Kellogg

Bass

American bass Kenneth Kellogg’s recent career highlights include his Wagner debut as Fafner Das Rheingold in Seattle Opera’s celebrated new production in August 2023. Other season engagements include Colline La Boheme in concert with Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, and Il Re Aida in concert at Detroit Opera.  In upcoming engagements, he appears as the Duke of Verona Romeo et Juliette for San Jose Opera, in the title role X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at Seattle Opera, as Fafner at Calgary Opera, and he joins the cast of Intelligence at Houston Grand Opera.

 

A significant feature of the last two seasons is his inauguration of the role of Father Blue, a role written for him by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson and named the best new opera of 2020 by the Music Critics Association of North America. Kenneth sang the role in its world premiere at Glimmerglass Festival, and following at Detroit Opera, Toledo Opera, Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera and internationally at Dutch National Opera in The Netherlands, and at London’s English National Opera.   Other roles in the artist’s repertoire include Commendatore Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera, Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rocco Fidelio, Raimondo Lucia de Lammermoor, Ferrando Il Trovatore  and Grand Inquisitor/Philip II (c) Don Carlo.

 

 

““Two major figures, both of them tour-de-force roles, stand out from the cast. Not surprisingly Kenneth Kellogg in the title role rises to the top. Omnipresent as a character… the demands of the role are huge, and Kellogg proved worthy of the task. His sizable voice projected to great effect over the large orchestration, and his dramatic portrayal of the enigmatic leader was convincing in all of its permutations. One never tired of watching him.” Erica Miner, Broadway World, February 25, 2024

 

“…countering his violent brother Fafner, Kenneth Kellogg in his role debut. Both had rich, deep voices that played off each other, and both succeeded in dominating the action when onstage…” Erica Miner, Broadway World, August 13, 2023

 

“Complementing her is the strong bass of Kenneth Kellogg as The Father. Kellogg created this role at Glimmerglass and has performed it in no less than six international opera houses. He is an ideal mix of superb singer and character actor immersed in his role; this was his ENO debut. As at home in the football scene with his mates as in the powerful extended second act scene with The Reverend, Kellogg is clearly an operatic force to be reckoned with.”

Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 30 April, 2023

 

“Of special note was the Basilio of bass Kenneth Kellogg who delivered his sequestered “la calunnia” in beautiful voice.”  Michael Milensky, Opera Today, April 2021

 

 

 

The tall and distinguished Kenneth Kellogg made an eloquent Prince Gremin, his deep bass voice resounding throughout Meymandi Hall as if wrapped in velvet…”  Josmar Lopes, josmarlopes.com

 

“None was more impressive than bass Kenneth Kellogg in the rapid-fire patter of Don Basilio’s ‘La calunnia’ … 

 

The new Faust in Lausanne has, as usual, a fine cast of voices, crowned by a colossal Mephisto – American bass Kenneth Kellogg…”

Le Courrie

Bizet Carmen (Zuniga)
Blanchard Champion (Young Emile Griffith)
Britten A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Quince)
Donizetti Anna Bolenna (Lord Rochefort)
Gershwin Porgy and Bess (Crown)
Gounod Faust (Mephistopheles)
Handel Hercules (title)
Handel Ariodante (Rè di Scozia)
Heggie Moby Dick (Queequeg)
Menotti Amahl and the Night’s Visitors (Balthazar)
Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca)
Mozart Don Giovanni (Il Commendatore, Leporello)

Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso)

Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro, Sprecher)

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Osmin)

Massenet Werther (Johann)
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann (Crespel)
Puccini La Bohème (Colline)

Tosca (Angelotti)

Puts Silent Night (Father Palmer)
Schreker Die Gezeichneten (Citizen 3, Giant citizen)
Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila (Abimelech)
Sondheim Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin)
Sonnenberg The Summer King (Sam Bankhead)
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin (Prince Gremin, Zaretsky)
Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera (Samuel, Count Ribbing)

Aida (Ramfis)

La Traviata (Dr. Grenvil)

Il Trovatore (Ferrando)

Macbeth (Banquo)

Simone Boccanegra (Pietro)

Rigoletto (Count Monterone, Sparafucile)

Wolf-Ferrar Le donne curiose (Ottavio)
Bach St. Matthew Passion (Jesus)
Beethoven Symphony No.9
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Verdi Requiem

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