Praised by Opera News as possessing a "smoky-dark baritone" and "remarkable confidence and color," American baritone Samuel Schultz maintains a diverse career of operatic and concert performances. Growing up the 4th of five boys in Elk Mound, Wisconsin—population: 750—Samuel is not the everyday opera singer. He may dabble with the piano & whip up mousse expertly, but he retains that certain laid-back, amiable Midwestern quality. After all, he first tried out the piano as a kid in Elk Mound.
Mr. Schultz’s upcoming engagements include his role and company debut as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Berkshire Opera Festival and his company debut with Utah Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème. He recently made his company and role debuts as Howie Albert in Champion with Washington National Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème with Opera Omaha and Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Performance Santa Fe. He can be heard on a recently-released recording performing the world premiere of Gettysburg: July 1, 1863 by William Bolcom.
Mr. Schultz has appeared with Houston Grand Opera as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music, Morales in Carmen, The Business Man in The Little Prince, Counsel for the Plaintiff in Trial By Jury, and Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos. He performed the world premiere of UnShakeable with Santa Fe Opera to commemorate Shakespeare 400. He made his Houston Symphony Orchestra debut singing Ramiro in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and the orchestrated Don Quichotte. He returned to sing in a concert version of Wozzeck, a concert whose recording was recently released by Naxos Records. In addition, he sang the role of Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Baltimore Concert Opera and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia in performances at the Aspen Music Festival conducted by Jane Glover CBE. Mr. Schultz sang Berio's rarely-performed Coro, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland).
Mr. Schultz is an alumnus of the United States Senate Page Program and had the prestigious honor of singing for the United States Congress. He received advanced degrees in voice performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.