Keith Olsen

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Denver, Colorado, USA in 1957. He got a diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He perfected his technique at the Juilliard School of Music, New York and at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, Germany. He debuted at the New York City Opera in 1982 [The Merry Widow/Die Lustige Witwe]. He made his European debut in 1987, at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, singing the role of Rodolfo [La Bohème], which was repeated in other German theaters: Staatsoper Hamburg, Frankfurt Opera and Hanover National Theater. In 1992 he sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Leipzig under Kurt Masur, and participated in the Montpellier Festival as Radamès [Aida], a performance that was broadcast all over Europe by the French Radio network. He appeared with La Scala Milan in the operas Fedora and The girl of the West [La fanciulla del West] on a tour in Japan. He also appeared at the Royal Opera House in London, singing roles in the operas Boris Godunov (1994), Káťa Kabanová (1997) and Tosca (1996). His repertory also includes the roles: Pinkerton [Madama Butterfly] (Arena di Verona, 1997), Renato des Grieux [Manon Lescaut] and Calàf [Turandot] (Teatro Regio Turin, 1993, 1998), Lensky [Eugene Onegin] (Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1999). He has also appeared in Los Angeles, Canadian Opera Toronto, San Francisco Opera, the Cincinnati May Festival, etc. He can be heard on record (EMI, Bayer). He collaborated with leading conductors (Bernard Haitink, Michel Plasson) and singers (Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Kiri Te Kanawa). In 1984 he was included in the Most Outstanding Young Men of America. He appeared at the GNO once, singing the title role in Faust (Athens Festival, Herodeion, 1993/94).