Hailed by Opera News as “powerful in both voice and bearing” and particularly noted for his commanding stage presence and expressive vocalism, bass-baritone Seth Carico is distinguishing himself as an accomplished young American singer. Opera Today praised “the dynamic presence of Carico, whose ringing baritone gave much pleasure.” He effortlessly capitalizes on his dramatic training, bringing a unique sensitivity to operatic characters at disparate ends of the theatrical spectrum. During the 2017-2018 season, Carico made several important role debuts, including Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Minnesota Opera, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress with Theater Basel, and The Father in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s L’invisible, Oberthal in Le Prophete, and Metifio in L’arlesiana with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he has been in the Ensemble since 2012. The 2018-2019 season sees him appearing as The Doctor in Wozzeck, Kolenatý in The Makropulos Affair, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and as a soloist for Zad Moultaka’s re-imagining of Händel’s Il delirio amoroso, all with Deutsche Oper Berlin. He can also be seen as Achior in Mozart’s La Betulia liberata with the Brucknerhaus Linz and as Dr. John Polidori in the world premiere of Michael Wertmüller’s Diodati. Unendlich with Theater Basel.
In the past eight seasons, Mr. Carico has built a robust repertoire with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, including Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Saint-Bris in Les Huguenots, The Traveler, et al. in Death in Venice, Gunther in Götterdämmerung, Redburn in Billy Budd, the Police Commissioner in Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk, Klingsor in Parsifal, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, Abimélech in Samson et Dalila, and Kassandra in Oresteia, a role for which he was nominated for the 2015 German National Theater Prize, “Der Faust,” for Best Male Singer. In addition, he has portrayed Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Farfarello in L’amour des trois oranges, Panthée in Les Troyens, the villains in Offenbach/Champert’s Hoffmann, and Andrew Cunanan in the world premiere of Brandt Brauer Frick’s electronic opera Gianni.
Guest engagements internationally have included Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Utah Opera and Tulsa Opera, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Saratoga, Panthée in Les Troyens with Staatsoper Hamburg, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro with Oper Leipzig, The Sacristan in Tosca with Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Roberto in I vespri siciliani and Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata with Teatro Regio Torino, Leonidas in Lysistrata and Victor in the world premiere of Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera, The Doctor in the world premiere of Stephan Peiffer’s Vom Ende der Unschuld at Kampnagel in Hamburg, King Rene in Iolanta with Dicapo Opera, Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen and George Jones in Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera, The King in The King and I and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Ash Lawn Opera, Doctor Grenville in La Traviata, Alessio in La sonnambula, and Marquis de Brisaille in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre.
Concert appearances have included Bach’s Kantate Nr. 82, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s The Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, and Mozart’s Requiem, with orchestras/festivals including the Cologne Early Music Festival, the Nashville Symphony, the Atlanta Ballet, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Michigan Sinfonietta. Mr. Carico was invited to offer a recital at the University of Michigan of Dvořák’s Cypřiše, accompanied by renowned pianist and specialist in Czech music, Timothy Cheek.
In the summer of 2012, Seth joined the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera Center, finishing years of successful apprenticeships with companies such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio Torino, Fort Worth Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Nashville Opera, Lake George Opera, and Chautauqua Opera. Featured early roles include Olin Blitch in Susannah, Kecal in Prodaná Nevěsta, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Colline in La bohème, and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Seth won Fourth Prize in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition, the Grand Prize of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, and an Encouragement Award from the Chautauqua Opera Guild.