Praised for his "commanding stage presence" and "rich, resonant bass", DC native Kenneth Kellogg is quickly gaining recognition as a sought after young artist.
Mr. Kellogg completes the 2013-2014 season at the Canadian Opera company covering the title role in Handel's Hercules, under Harry Bicket and directed by Peter Sellars. Earlier this season, Mr. Kellogg joined the Virginia Opera as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, a role he will reprise next season when he makes his debut at Opéra de Lausanne. He also returned to Opera Tampa as Zuniga in Carmen and to Ashlawn Opera as King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Last season, Mr. Kellogg was commended for his "dignified authority"as Ramfis in North Carolina Opera's Aida, and for his portrayal of Samuel in Un Ballo in Maschera in Tampa. He completed his residency at the Domingo-Cafritz young artist program of the Washington National Opera with performances in the Emerging Artist productions of Don Giovanni, as Leporello, and Cosi fan tutte, as Don Alfonso. Mr. Kellogg also received complimentary reviews for his "powerful portrayal" of Lord Rochefort in Steven Lawless' Anna Bolena and as Johann in Werther on the main stage. He closed the season with Washington Concert Opera as Abimelech in Samson et Dalila.
Prior to his young artist residency at the Washington National Opera, Mr. Kellogg made his company debut as Count Ribbing in Un Ballo in Maschera, and was seen later in the season as
Angelotti in Tosca. He also made a highly acclaimed European debut as Sarastro with Ópera de Oviedo. For two summers, Mr. Kellogg joined Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene young artist where he sang the roles of Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ottavio in Le donne curiose, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and Crespil and Schlemil in Les contes d'Hoffmann. Mr. Kellogg debuted at both Atlanta Opera portraying Il Re in Aida and at Los Angeles Opera in Die Gezeichneten. Equally at home in Oratorio, Mr. Kellogg traveled to Japan to perform as the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
An alumnus of the San Francisco Opera Adler fellowship, Mr. Kellogg proved to be a favorite of audiences and critics alike. He appeared in several roles, including the Corporal in La fille du regiment, Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi, the Jailer in Tosca, Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata, Nikitich in Boris Godunov, Oracle in Idomeneo, and Colline in La Boheme. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Mr. Kellogg for his "powerful and articulate" San Francisco Opera debut as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra.
Before being awarded an Adler fellowship, Mr. Kellogg completed one year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, performing several notable roles. He earned a specialist degree at the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree at Ohio University.