Praised by Opera News as possessing a "smoky-dark baritone," 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 Schaunard in La Bohème with Opera Omaha and his role debut as Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Performance Santa Fe. He will also be featured on an upcoming album on which he will be heard performing the world premiere recording of Gettysburg 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. In addition, he sang the role of Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Baltimore Concert Opera. Mr. Schultz also performed Junius in The Rape of Lucretia in performances at the Aspen Music Festival conducted by Jane Glover CBE. As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis he covered the role of Howie in the world premiere of Champion.
He was the recipient of the 2014 Stern Fellowship at SongFest where he sang concerts and recitals in Los Angeles, including a concert tour featuring the music from Songs in the Key of Los Angeles. Mr. Schultz then sang Berio's rarely-performed Coro, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival.
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. During his time at Rice University Mr. Schultz had the honor of representing his alma mater performing in concerts across the United States to promote a gala event by Renée Fleming.