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 internationally 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 2018-2019 season, Carico appeared as The Doctor in Wozzeck, Kolenatý in The Makropulos Affair, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and as Sancho Pansa in Don Quichotte, all with Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he was in the Ensemble from 2010-2019. He also created the role of Dr. John Polidori in the world premiere of Michael Wertmüller’s Diodati. Unendlich with Theater Basel. The 2019-2020 season will see several important debuts, including Scarpia in Tosca with Staatsoper Hannover, the title role in Don Giovanni with Minnesota Opera, and Hate in Rued Langgaard’s Antikrist with Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In the past nine 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, Oberthal in Le Prophete, 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, Andrew Cunanan in the world premiere of Brandt Brauer Frick’s electronic opera Gianni, and The Father in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s L’invisible.
Guest engagements internationally have included Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Minnesota Opera, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress with Theater Basel, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, 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.