Possessing a voice that the New York Times calls â€œheart-stirringâ€ as well as a â€œcharismaticâ€ and â€œpowerfulâ€ stage presence, American baritone Kelly Markgraf is rapidly distinguishing himself on the opera and concert stages. The baritoneâ€™s 2012 summer season brought appearances with the New York Philharmonic for concerts with Music Director Alan Gilbert, the Oklahoma Mozart Festival , Chamber Music Northwest , and the Music@Menlo Festival with acclaimed pianist Gilbert Kalish. Highlights of his 2012-2013 season are appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra , for Le rossignol and Lâ€™enfant et les sortilÃ¨ges under Charles Dutoit; the Los Angeles Philharmonic , for Bachâ€™s O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel; Madison Opera , for the title role in Don Giovanni ; a recital with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegieâ€™s Zankel Hall, and an art song program, â€œLove Songsâ€, with the The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center . He returns to Aspen Music Festival in summer 2013, as Swallow in a semi-staged performance of Peter Grimes , conducted by Robert Spano. Future seasons include a return to Hawaii Opera . In the 2011-2012 season he took the stage as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Kentucky Opera , made his role debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Hawaii Opera in Honolulu, and sang Papageno in Die ZauberflÃ¶te with Apolloâ€™s Fire Baroque Orchestra . In concert, he joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for Ned Roremâ€™s Aftermath . His 2010-2011 season included the US Premiere of Shostakovichâ€™s War Front Songs at Symphony Space , Escamillo opposite mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke with Brazos Valley Symphony , the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera Omaha , Allazim in Mozartâ€™s Zaide at Carnegieâ€™s Zankel Hall with Maestro David Robertson, and the role of Zebul in Handelâ€™s Jephtha with Kent Tritle for Sacred Music in a Sacred Space . He also appeared in a leading role in a workshop of Michael Torkeâ€™s opera Senna as part of the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater Opera/Theater Commissions Program , sang Mahler and Brahms at the Caramoor International Music Festival , and Schumann Lieder at the Music@Menlo Festival with internationally renowned pianist Wu Han. In the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Markgraf made his New York City Opera debut as Masetto in Christopher Aldenâ€™s new production of Don Giovanni , followed by Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Omaha and the Crested Butte Music Festival . He also made his role debut as Escamillo alongside Kate Aldrich as Carmen with Pittsburgh Opera . In concert, he appeared as the baritone soloist in Brahmsâ€™ Ein Deutsches Requiem , Paul Moravecâ€™s Songs of Love and War with Princeton Pro Musica , followed by Schumannâ€™s Dichterliebe at the La Jolla Music Festival with pianist Ken Noda. In recital, he appeared at Carnegie Hall as part of the Marilyn Horne Foundationâ€™s The Song Continues series. Kelly Markgraf is a distinguished graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center , where his work included the roles of Mamoud in a staged concert of John Adamsâ€™ The Death of Klinghoffer , conducted by the composer, and Ford in Verdiâ€™s Falstaff in a production directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson. In fall 2008, he participated in the knockout West Side Story portion of the all-Bernstein program, which opened Carnegie Hallâ€™s season and was nationally televised under Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Markgraf also made his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Ragged Man in Ricky Ian Gordonâ€™s The Grapes of Wrath , a role he created at Minnesota Opera in 2007. In spring 2009, he was part of Ken Nodaâ€™s Winterreise project at The Juilliard School . Mr. Markgraf is a former member of the Resident Artist Program at Minnesota Opera , where he sang Mercutio in RomÃ©o et Juliette , Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro , FrÃ©dÃ©ric in LakmÃ© , Dappertutto and CoppÃ©lius in Les contes dâ€™Hoffmann , as well as Ragged Man in the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath . At Opera Theatre of St. Louis , he performed Dick McGann in James Robinsonâ€™s production of Street Scene , of which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote: â€œKelly Markgraf was terrific as Dick McGann: dancing up a storm, singing as well as he danced, and projecting palpable, hilarious lust.â€ As an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera , he sang the role of the Bosun in Paul Curranâ€™s production of Billy Budd , under the baton of Edo de Waart. The artistâ€™s honors include a First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition (2010), the Sullivan Foundationâ€™s Sullivan Award (2009), the Grand Prize in the Opera Index Competition (2009), awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation (2009), a Richard F. Gold Career Grant (2009), an Outstanding Apprentice Award from the Santa Fe Opera , a Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant Nomination, the Civic Music Association Competition Grand Prize, and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions . A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Markgraf holds degrees from Boston University , the University of Cincinnati â€“ College Conservatory of Music , and The Juilliard School .