Praised for his “commanding stage presence” and “rich, resonant bass,” Washington DC native Kenneth Kellogg is quickly gaining recognition as a sought after artist in the opera world. Engagements for the 2016/17 season included Mefistofeles in Faust at Opera de Oviedo and Sam Bankhead in The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera. In future seasons, Kellogg will sing Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore and make both his role and house debut as Count Monterone in Rigoletto at the Michigan Opera Theatre, later returning to Michigan as Sam Bankhead.
Mr. Kellogg’s engagements for the 2015/16 season included Zuniga in Carmen at Washington National Opera, Mefistofeles at Opéra de Lausanne in Switzerland, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Memphis, Gremin in Eugene Onegin at North Carolina Opera, Young Emile Griffith in Terence Blanchard’s Champion at Opera Parallele, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at Opera Tampa, and Haydn’s Creation at Washington National Cathedral. In the 2014/15 season, he sang Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Opera de Lausanne, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at Annapolis Opera, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. Engagements for the 2013/2014 season included Sarastro at Virginia Opera, King Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night’s Visitors at Ash Lawn Opera, and Samuel in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at Opera Tampa.
An alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Kellogg’s roles there have included Lord Rochefort in Donizetti’s Anna Bolenna, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Johann in Massenet’s Werther, and Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca. In 2011, he made his European debut as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Opera de Oviedo, later returning to Virginia’s Wolf Trap Opera Company as Ottavio in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose, Judge Turpin in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Crespel/Schlemil in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. In 2010, Kellogg made debuts at Los Angeles Opera, Atlanta Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Washington National Opera.
In 2007, Mr. Kellogg created the role of Tobias in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca with the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, and following exceptional performances with the program, he was awarded San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship. In his first year of residency, Kellogg sang The King in The Little Prince, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra for his War Memorial Opera House debut, Colline in La Bohème, the Voice of the Oracle in Idomeneo, and Nikitich and a Police Sergeant in Boris Godunov. In his second year as a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, Kellogg performed in Tosca, La Traviata, Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicci, and La fille du regiment. He also worked with acclaimed composer Jake Heggie on his new opera Moby Dick, bringing to life the role of Queequeg, and covered Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Kenneth Kellogg was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He used his high school musical studies at the Duke Ellington School of Performing and Visual Arts as a springboard, furthering his education at Ohio University (BM) and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (MM, Specialist). After leaving Ann Arbor in 2006, Kellogg served as a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he performed the roles of Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Zaretsky and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Kilian and a Hermit in Der Freischütz, and Count des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon. Other favorite credits include the title roles of Le Nozze di Figaro and Bluebeard’s Castle at Bel Canto Northwest and Ferrando in Il Trovatore at Eugene Opera in Oregon.