About this Artist
Renowned not only for his luxurious voice, conﬁdence, and style, but also for his versatility and ability to bring a character to life on stage, bass-baritone Kyle Albertson is taking the business by storm. In his début as Wotan in Wagner’s epic masterpiece Die Walküre, in Maestro Jaap van Zweden ﬁnal performance with the Dallas Symphony, Theater Jones exclaimed, “the most impressive aspect of this performance came undoubtedly from Wotan…his voice masterfully brought the character to life…Albertson’s interactions throughout the performance with his most beloved daughter, Brünnhilde were ingeniously convincing. Coupled with Albertson’s commanding, though endearing, baritone, these moments did not seem like an opera concert at all, rather a fully realized engagement of dramatic and musical interpretation.” The Dallas News called his performance “gripping… I can't recall the opera's ﬁnal parting of father and daughter so emotionally intense…this high-intensity performance will surely rank as a legend in Dallas musical history.'' This tour-de-force performance left no doubt that the next American Wotan had arrived!
Mr. Albertson made his European début at Opera Köln in Germany as Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, and returned this past season to Opera Graz in Austria, performing the title role in Der ﬂiegende Holländer in over 12 performances, as well as Wotan in their concert performances of Loriot’s Der Ring an einem Abend. Additionally, he returned to the mainstage of the Metropolitan Opera as Angelotti in Tosca, sang Wotan in Das Rheingold for both Virginia Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, and débuted the title role in Bartok's Bluebeard’s Castle with Opera Roanoke.
Future seasons include Wotan in Die Walküre for both Virginia Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, a return to the Metropolitan Opera for their new production of Don Giovanni, The role of Prometheus in Die Vögel with Paciﬁc Opera Victoria, and a return to the Dallas Symphony in 2024 for their stand-alone performances of Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried, as well as their full Ring Cycle, led by Maestro Fabio Luisi.
Kyle ﬁrst joined The Metropolitan Opera roster for Don Giovanni and returned for ﬁve consecutive seasons in their productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberﬂöte, Dialogues des carmélites, The Merry Widow, and Manon. 2020 and 2021 Metropolitan Opera engagements were to include covering the roles of the title role in Der ﬂiegende Holländer, Claggart in Billy Budd, and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde. He was also slated to make his role débuts as Jochaanan in Salome and Pizarro in Fidelio.
Albertson’s ﬁrst foray into Wagner’s demanding vocal universe came in his house début at Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Das Rheingold, in which he subsequently performed the role of Donner in Minnesota Opera’s production shortly thereafter. He then went on to cover Greer Grimsley’s Wotan in Francesca Zambello’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen for San Francisco Opera and returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Siegfried.
Previous engagements have included his début as Scarpia in Tosca for Virginia Opera, Lieutenant Horstmayer in Silent Night with Opera San José, Escamillo in Carmen for the Phoenicia Festival, Sharpless in Madama Butterﬂy with New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the Northern Lights Music Festival, Zuniga in Carmen with Dallas Opera, Sacristan in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, the Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance with Atlanta Opera, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with Opera Grand Rapids, DeGuiche in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Carolina, the title role of Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Parallel at SFJazz, and JP Morgan in the World Première of Tesla with SoBe Arts in Miami. In addition, he performed Lyndon B. Johnson in the workshop of David T. Little’s JFK and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Fort Worth Opera; Porthos in Les Trois Mousquetaires with the Phoenicia Festival; Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Opera Festival; and the roles of the Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking, Hobson in Peter Grimes, and the Duke in Roméo et Juliette all with Des Moines Metro Opera.
A sought-after concert artist, a few recent highlights of his concert career include a solo in Bruckner’s Te Deum with Houston Symphony; the bass solo in Verdi’s Requiem with The Händel Society of Dartmouth; Händel’s Messiah with Boise Philharmonic; Papageno in Boston Youth Symphony’s concert performance of Die Zauberﬂöte at Symphony Hall; a Carnegie Hall début in Rutter’s Mass of the Children and a subsequent return for Kevin Padworski’s Wanderlust; and a concert version of Der Rosenkavalier with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony.
Albertson is a graduate of The Santa Fe Opera Program, Minnesota Resident Artist Program, The Glimmerglass Festival, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Chicago Opera Theater. He appeared in a variety of productions during his training including Les contes d’Hoﬀmann, Le nozze di Figaro, Un ballo in maschera, Roméo et Juliette, La donna del lago, as well as performed the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, Geronimo in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, Gus O’Neill in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, Nilakantha in Lakmé, to which critics hailed “Kyle Albertson made an imposing Nilakantha, bringing life to a character that is barely two-dimensional.” and ﬁnally Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China, lauded by The Chicago Sun Times and The Chicago Tribune for his “watchful” and “eﬀective” portrayal.
Albertson has placed as a ﬁnalist in several competitions such as The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, the George London Foundation Competition, the Marcello Giordani Competition, the Liederkranz Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He holds a Master of Music degree from DePaul University where he studied with world renowned mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Iowa where he studied with David Smalley. He is currently in the studio of Dr. Steven King.