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. Also during the 2010-2011 season, he made his Gotham Chamber Opera debut in performances of Xavier Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas at the New Victory Theater in New York.
Some other of his most recent roles include Papageno with Opera Carolina and a whirlwind summer with Utah Festival Opera and Music Theater in which he performed the roles of Valentin (Faust), Fred / Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate) and Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady) as well as a return to the MET as Marquis d'Obigny in La traviata in both 2011 and 2012.
Some of his upcoming roles include Brian's Father in the US premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera. He will also appear on the MET stage as the Major-Domo in Andrea Chenier in March and April of 2014. The summer of 2014 will find his return to Opera Saratoga to sing one of his favorite roles Papageno in The Magic Flute.
Kyle has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Idaho, Forth Worth Opera, Lake George Opera Festival among many others.
He was born in Elgin, Illinois and currently resides in New York City. He has employed his unique talent in opera, operetta and musical theatre from the contemporary to the classic. His repertoire includes the title roles in Don Giovanni and Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well Valentin (Faust), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Count Almavia (Le nozze di Figaro), Silvio (Pagliacci), Count Carl Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music), Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Pierre/Red Shadow (The Desert Song), and Hajj, the Poet (Kismet).
Kyle made his European debut with the De Nederlandse Opera as Silvio in Pagliacci in March 2006 to critical acclaim heralded as “a voice that could give us a father Germont and other lyric roles in the great American baritone tradition of Robert Merrill.”
Mr. Pfortmiller is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where he recently returned for a week of masterclasses, lessons and class visits that culminated in a recital of some of his most favorite music, and Manhattan School of Music.