Quentin Oliver Lee, an accomplished stage performer known for his richly resonant baritone voice, passed away December 1, six months after he revealed that he had stage four colon cancer. Mr. Lee was 34.
News of Mr. Lee's diagnosis surprised the theatre world only months after he concluded what would turn out to be his final Broadway run in the 2021 revival of Caroline, Or Change, where Mr. Lee understudied the dual role of The Bus and The Dryer. Originally a performer in the worlds of classical music and opera, Mr. Lee was a vocal swing as well as a Porgy and Crown understudy in the touring production of Porgy and Bess in 2013, which led to his Broadway debut as an understudy in Prince of Broadway. He later assumed the title role in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
Operatically, Mr. Lee performed the roles of Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Pandolfe in Cendrillon for the New York Lyric Opera Theater, as well as the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Sid in Albert Herring, and Belcore in L'elisir D'amore for the NAU Opera.
Mr. Lee's final onstage performance came Off-Broadway, in Heather Christian's Oratorio For Living Things. He is survived by his wife, Angie, and his daughter, Samantha.