The real star, of course, is Papageno. It’s a showy character, the adventure’s comic relief, and Pfortmiller is perfect – bright, quick, flexible, funny. Anyone who gets to slip in a joke about The Clapper in a 222-year-old opera while most of the rest of the cast is always so serious will be an instant fan favorite.
Theoden James, "This Just In", January 2013
Kyle Pfortmiller made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Marquis d’Obigny in a new production of La traviata directed by Willy Decker during the 2010-2011 season. He was heard later in the season in Capriccio. Kyle has returned to the MET as Marquis d'Obigny in La traviata in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and has also been heard in Andre Chenier and as Brian's father in the New York Premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys.
Some of his mostrecent roles include Falke in Die Fledermaus with Nashville Opera and the World Premiere of Du Yun & Royce Vavrek's Angel's Bone with Prototype Festival and his role debut as Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio with Opera Carolina.
His upcoming repertiore includes a role and company debut as the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera Williamsburg, Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Toledo Opera (company debut) and Oswego Opera, and a role and company debut with Opera Memphis as Enrico in Donizetti's Il campanello di notte.