Kyle PfortmillerActor, Baritone

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 and has returned to the MET as Marquis d’Obigny in La traviata in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-2017 and has also been heard as Brian’s father in the New York Premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, Wagner in Faust, and Simonetto in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini and the Majordomo in Andrea Chénier.

Some of his most recent roles include his role and festival debut as Musiklehrer (Ariande auf Naxos) with Berkshire Opera Festival, his role and festival debut as Aquiio in Vivaldi’s Farnace with Spoleto Festival, a return to Chautauqua Opera as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and his festival debut with Protoype Festival (NYC) in the World Premiere of Du Yun & Royce Vavrek’s Pulitzer Prize winning Angel’s Bone.

Kyle has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Carolina, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Memphis, Berkshire Opera Festival, Tulsa Opera, Sarasota Opera, Forth Worth Opera, among many others.

He 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.”

Kyle 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 Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, and Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well Valentin (Faust), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Silvio (Pagliacci), Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Pierre/Red Shadow (The Desert Song), Hajj, the Poet (Kismet), and Fred/Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate).