Seth Mease Carico
“Seth Mease Carico as Victor, a Castro-like revolutionary leader, was magnificently malevolent, powerful in both voice and bearing.”
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 Mease Carico is distinguishing himself as an accomplished young American singer. Opera Today praised “the dynamic presence of Carico, whose ringing baritone gave much pleasure.” Seth effortlessly capitalizes on his dramatic training, bringing a unique sensitivity to operatic characters at disparate ends of the theatrical spectrum. In the summer of 2012, Seth joined the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera Center, followed by his return to the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin for the 12-13 season, appearing in Turandot, Carmen, Don Giovanni , Les Troyens, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto, Lucrezia Borgia and Un ballo in maschera. Seth will create the role of der Arzt in the premiere Stephan Peiffer’s new work Vom Ende Der Unschuld at the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag in Hamburg, and will make his house and role debut with Tulsa Opera as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro.
This past season, he appeared with Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York as King Rene in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Deutsche Oper Berlin as the Sacristan in Tosca, the Richmond Symphony as Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and the Fort Worth Opera Festival as Leonidas in Adamo’s Lysistrata.
For the 10-11 season, Mr. Carico was a Young Artist with Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Regio Torino. In Torino he appeared as Roberto in Davide Livermore’s premiere production of I vespri siciliani, and Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata. He also returned to Ash Lawn Opera to sing the title role in the classic broadway musical The King and I.
During the 09-10 season, he created the role of Victor in the world premiere of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera, the premiere recording of which was released in October 2010 on Albany Records. He returned to Nashville Opera to perform Monterone in Rigoletto, made his debut with Opera Idaho as Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and sang Leporello in Don Giovanni with Ash Lawn Opera.
Previous seasons have included Zuniga in Carmen and George Benton in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Fort Worth Opera, the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly with Lake George Opera, and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen and George Jones in Weill’s Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera. He has previously appeared with Michigan Opera Theatre as Marquis de Brisaille in the world premiere of David DiChiera’s Cyrano, as well as Alessio in La Sonnambula, and Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata. He 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.
Other featured roles include Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, Kecal in Smetana’s Prodaná Nevěsta, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme, Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Gideon March in Adamo’s Little Women. Concert appearances have included 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 including the Nashville Symphony, the Atlanta Ballet, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Michigan Sinfonietta.
He 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. In 2007, he was awarded a Special Prize at the International Czech and Slovak Song Competition in Montreal.