Louis Otey- Baritone
With a career that now spans 35 years, baritone Louis Otey has sung in most of the world’s major theaters. The Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, Rome Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Geneva Opera, Theatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera are just a few of the world’s stages that have welcomed his dramatic portrayals of major baritone roles.
He is noted for his incisive and in-depth portrayals of the Verdi repertoire; the title role in Rigoletto, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, the title role in Macbeth, Germont in La Traviata, Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, Ezio in Attila, the title role in Falstaff are staples in his repertory along with other great Italian baritone roles such as Scarpia (Tosca) and the title role in Don Giovanni. He has sung in nearly every theater in the U.S and Canada in roles that include the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Jokanaan (Salome), the title role in Der Fliegende Hollander and Escamillo in Carmen.
He met his wife, operatic mezzo Maria Todaro, when he sang the title role of Carlos Gomes Lo Schiavo in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are two of the 3 cofounders of The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice and have chosen Phoenicia as their home.
Mr. Otey can be heard as John Sorel on the Chandos recording of Menotti’s The Consul and as Colonel Vershinan in Tom Pasetieri’s The Three Sisters recording. On video he is Eisenstein in the Covent Garden performance of Die Fledermaus celebrating the retirement of Dame Joan Sutherland.