Telling stories has been a lifelong pastime for Kyle Pfortmiller, whether on the baseball field, basketball court or the stage. At the age of 11, he wrote his first play, in five acts titled “Me and Who?”, about roller-skating and infidelity and loosely based on “Much Ado About Nothing.” It remains unpublished and unstaged today. In middle school, his offer to perform in the school production declined, he joined the technical team and helped design the lights. In high school, while warming the bench on the basketball team, he directed several major campaigns in Dungeons and Dragons and Middle Earth RPG. His stage debut in college at Illinois Wesleyan University (from which he was recently honored as Distinguished Alumnus) as Bob Becket in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore sealed his fate as an artist.
Kyle has spent the past decade and a half singing and acting in opera, operetta and musical theater performing over 80 different roles such as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Don Giovanni, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Marcello in La bohème (in which he made his role debut with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble), Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and most recently Mr. XE in Du Yun and Royce Vavrick’s Angel’s Bone with Prototype Festival. Since his Metropolitan Opera debut as solo artist December 31, 2010, he has sung over 50 performances. He will return to the MET for his sixth year during the 2016-2017 season.
While on the faculty of NYACK college’s Manhattan Campus, Kyle taught voice and produced/directed the opera workshop in extensive scene programs and a production of Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. La traviata marks his stage directing debut in a full-length opera.
Kyle resides in NYC with his wife Laura, their daughter Alana and their rescue, Annie. Kyle would like to thank Chris and Karen for this opportunity, Ben for his unwavering support and friendship, and Laura, not only for sharing the vision, but also for being muse and beacon of inspiration and sanity.