Tenor Ted Schmitz appears internationally in a wide range of operatic roles. Highlights include his work with Seattle Opera, Opera Bellas Artes Mexico City, Nico and the Navigators, Bregenzer Festspiele, Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Schmitz will sing an all-Schubert staged concert Silent Songs with the international ensemble Nico and the Navigators, performing at BOZAR, Brussels; Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Staatstheater Oldenburug; Staatstheater Braunschweig; Konzerthaus Berlin; Berlin Radialsystem and Arsenal de Metz. Ted will cover the role of Tapioca in L’Étoile at the Royal Opera House and the role of the Witch of Endor in Händel’s Saul for the Glyndebourne Festival. In the American premiere of Rameau’s Sympathy with Victory Hall Opera, Ted will perform the role of Acante. Mr. Schmitz will also continue a tour of Die Stunde da wir zu viel von einander wussten, a new work in which he is centrally featured, with Nico and the Navigators, performing in at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Radialsystem in Berlin, and Opera Nimes and Theatre d’Antibes.
Recent performances include Der Wirt and Haushofmeisters in Der Rosenkavalier with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, cover of Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Glyndebourne on Tour, the role of Wilhelm Meister in Mignon with New Sussex Opera, Reverend Adams in the Chinese premiere of Peter Grimes with an international cast in Beijing, multiple roles of Achmet, Crook, and the Grand Inquisitor in Bernstein’s Candide with MDR Orchestra in Leipzig, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings with the North York Moors Festival, Tapioca in L’Étoile with New Sussex Opera and Gastone in La Traviata with Opera Project, and Remendado in Carmen with the Cambridge Philharmonic. Ted was recently featured in new recording of Ethyl Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate with Retrospect Opera. Ted also recently finished a tour of a staged production Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Nico and the Navigators.
Mr. Schmitz has had much success with the role of Aschenbach in Britten’s Death in Venice performed in 2009 and 2012 with Opera de Bellas Artes and covered with the Aldeburgh Festival. Mr. Schmitz also performed the role of Hotel Porter in Death in Venice with Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals under the direction of Yoshii Oida.
Other opera credits include the role of Johansson Die Gespenstersonate by Aribert Reimann with Kammer Oper in Vienna; David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Mastersingers Company in London; Dr. Caius Falstaff with Mid-Wales Opera; Tamino The Magic Flute with Opera Brava; and Ferrando Cosi fan tutte with Castleward Opera, Telemaco Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Globe Theatre in London with the Britten-Pears Programme; Mars in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Thespis London Kensington Sinfonia; and a West End season of Gilbert & Sullivan at the Gielgud Theatre.
Ted has worked extensively with Seattle Opera both on the main stage and as a Young Artist. The Seattle Times summed up his main stage debut performance in the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro as ‘Hilarious’. With Seattle Opera as a Young Artist credits include: Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw, and Dr. Caius Falstaff, Ferrando Cosi fan tutte, Tamino The Magic Flute, and Don Basilio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro.
Mr. Schmitz has premiered songs by Ned Rorem and John Musto with the New York Festival of Song, regularly appeared with the Greenwich Music Festival, in recital with Seattle Opera, and with the Emmy Destinn Foundation in London. Other concert credits include Les Noces (Stravinsky) and Paukenmesse (Haydn) with the Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand, Elijah at Birmingham Town Hall with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, and the title role in Saint Nicolas (Britten) with the New Elizabethan Singers.
Beginning his studies as both an actor and singer at Northwestern University, Mr. Schmitz continued on to complete degrees there and at the Manhattan School of Music. Ted furthered his work and training in the Young Artist Programs of Central City Opera, Britten-Pears Programme, Opera Theatre of St Louis as well as Seattle Opera.
Candide, Achmet, Crook, Grand Inquisitor; Candide
Albert, Albert Herring
Madwoman, Curlew River
Aschenbach, Death in Venice
Grimes, Bob Boles, Rev Adams; Peter Grimes
Prologue, Peter Quint; The Turn of the Screw
Telemaco, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
Lucano, L’incoronazione di Poppea
Pedrillo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Bastien, Bastien und Bastienne
Ferrando, Cosi fan tutté
Don Basilio, Don Curzio; Le Nozze di Figaro
Tamino, Monastatos; Die Zauberflöte
Frantz, Les Contes d’Hoffman
Frick, The Brazilian; La Vie Parisienne
Johansson, Die Gespenstersonate
Pirelli, Sweeney Todd
Henrik, A Little Night Music
Nanki-Poo, The Mikado
Fredrick, The Pirates of Penzance
Defendant, Trial by Jury
Der Wirt, Haushofmeisters; Der Rosenkavalier
Fenton, Dr. Caius; Falstaff
David, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
a few favourite publicity and production photos
Photo Credits and Information
PHOTO 1: description: between two buildings
photo by Andy Staples
PHOTO 2: description: with girl in green coat crying
from Die Stunde da wir zu viel von einander wussten
Nico and the Navigators
with Yui Kawaguchi, photo by: Dieter Hartwig
PHOTO 3: description: clutching chest
from Le Nozze di Figaro
photo by: Rozarii Lynch
PHOTO 4: description: in boat
from Death in Venice
Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
photo by José Brancho
PHOTO 5: description: pulling a suspender
from La Petite Messe Solenelle,
Nico and the Navigators
with Ulrike Mayer, photo by Maik Schuck
Publicity photos on Landing page, Biography, and contact sections all by Andy Staples