- OPERN WELT (Jürgen Otten, 7/2017)
Bayerische Staatsoper Opernstudio
Glimmerglass Festival Opera YAP
Opera Theater of St. Louis YAP
Music Academy of the West
Oberlin Conservatory B.A.
Tobias Truniger (Bayerische Staatsoper)
Marlene Rosen (Oberlin Conservatory)
Händel Festspiele Göttingen
Konzert Theater Bern
Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Glimmerglass Festival Opera
Lucerne Festival Strings
Residenz Festspiele Darmstadt
The American baritone is an alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory and attended prestigious festival young artist programs such as the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Music Academy of the West, and Glimmerglass Festival Opera, as well the year-long program at the Bavarian State Theater in Munich, Germany, where he spent two seasons. His first ensemble engagement was in 2011 at the Luzerner Theater in Lucerne, Switzerland, where he delighted audiences in over 200 performances in roles from the Lyric- and Kavalier-baritone fachs with repertoire from Monteverdi to Puccini, Cole Porter to Richard Strauss and on to world premiere compositions. In 2016, he switched to the ensemble at Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland's capital, Bern, where quickly established himself as having a special affinity for Mozart, performing the roles of Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), but also giving critically acclaimed performances as Valentin (Faust), and in world premiere production of Die Formel as the poet and author, Robert Walser. Future projects include Marcello (La Bohème), Roland (Fierabras), and a revival of Lotario from the Göttingen Händel Festival in the role of Clodomiro.
Already during his college years, Todd appeared in numerous concerts at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, and he gathered some of his first operatic experience through Oberlin Conservatory with roles like Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Vicar (Albert Herring), Masetto (Don Giovanni), and as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). He was distinguished with numerous awards at during this time, such as winning the Concerto Competition at Oberlin, where he also performed an Honors recital; but also outside the institution, winning 1st Prize and Audience Favorite award from the Dayton Opera Guild, as well as 2nd Place at the Midwest Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competition. Just after graduating from Oberlin, he joined the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Gerdine Young Artist Program, were he received the Founder's Award after his first season. Todd was also a finalist in numerous international opera competitions: Houston Grand, Belvedere, IVC, Monserrat Caballe's Competition in Zaragoza, and the Ernst Haefliger Competition, where he also received 3rd Prize.
For two summers, Todd was a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival young artist program, where he drew the attention of the Bayerische Staatsoper and was invited to Munich, Germany to join the Opernstudio program. He performed regularly at the National Theater, Prinzregenten Theater, and Cuvilliés Theater with such conductors as Bertrand de Billy, Asher Fisch, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Kirill Petrenko, and Simone Young. He also benefited greatly from intensive acting and language training, and vocal instruction from Margreet Honig, John Norris, Rudolf Piernay, and coaching with Tobias Truniger and Richard Trimborn.
Following his graduation from the Opernstudio, Todd was engaged briefly at the Tiroler Landestheater, where he also performed Sid (Albert Herring) in Ks. Brigitte Fassbaender's final production as Artistic Director of the house. He then joined the ensemble at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland, where he spent five seasons collecting repertoire from the Lyric- and Kavalier-baritone fachs, performing such roles as Marcello (La Bohéme ), Germont (La Traviata), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Don Alvaro (Il Viaggio a Reims), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sid (Albert Herring), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Sweeney (Sweeney Todd), and Fred/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate), among others. He also performed leading roles in two world premieres of contemporary operas by Johannes Maria Staud (Die Antilope) and Simon Wills (The Stolen Smells).
An active and passionate concert performer, his repertoire spans from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Händel's Messiah, through Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), to Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles. In concert, he has appeared with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Residenz Festspiele Darmstadt, MusikWerk Luzern, and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchestra, among others.
Konzert Theater Bern
Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Theater)
The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program
Opera Theater of St. Louis Gerdine Young Artist (2 years)
Music Academy of the West (2006)