Wilbert Kellerman - Petrucci/Astolfo
Virginia native baritone Wil Kellerman has been described as "superb...a promising voice" (OperaWire) and "winning" (Schmopera) in recent performances. In early 2023, Kellerman will sing the role of Charley Johnson in Kurt Weill’s Lady in the Dark in a new production with Bronx Opera, and appear as soloist with orchestra in “Opera Through the Ages” with Opera Cecilia in Oregon. Later in 2023 he will sing Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Bronx Opera, and Petrucci/Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia with New Amsterdam Opera. Recently, Wil made his role and company debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Winter Harbor Music Festival in Maine. Wil was a 2021 Resident Artist at Teatro Nuovo, where he performed the role of the Officer in Il barbiere di Siviglia, making his Lincoln Center debut. Earlier that year, Kellerman essayed the works of exiled composer Egon Lustgarten at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Other recent appearances include Masetto in Don Giovanni with the MidAtlantic Symphony, Count Vaudemont in I vespri siciliani with New Amsterdam Opera, an artist series recital at the University of Scranton, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Hunding in Die Walküre, a gala performance to benefit Roanoke Symphony, and in 2019 the Secret Police Agent in The Consul, as well as the title role in The Mikado with Bronx Opera. Past engagements include Alcade and Chirurgo in La forza del destino with New Amsterdam Opera. In 2021, Mr. Kellerman appeared in concert as a finalist in the SAS International Voice Competition. Wil recently earned a Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music, where he performed the roles of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress. In 2018 he was an Apprentice Artist at Teatro Nuovo, the new home of Bel Canto at Caramoor. Past festivals include Songfest, The Chautauqua Institute, and IVAI Virginia. Wil resides in New York City, where he is also a sought-after chess tutor and violinist.
Previous appearances with New Amsterdam Opera:
Vaudemont, I Vespri Siciliani, 2021
Alcade/Chirurgo, La forza del destino, 2017