Baritone

Louis Otey

Louis Otey

A major stage personality noted for his incisive and provocative interpretations, baritone Louis Otey has performed with leading theaters throughout the world for more than 30 years.

He has performed leading roles with many of the major operas around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera. His career has spanned 5 continents and more than 20 countries. His European debut came in Lyon in 1982 and he has sung extensively in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Greece and he has been a regular at the Metropolitan Opera for the past 10 years. His many roles include Scarpia in Tosca, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, the title roles in Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Rigoletto and Der fliegende Holländer, Athanael in Thais and the 4 villains in Les Contes D'Hoffmann.

This past season he triumphed as Grandier in Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun with the Royal Danish Opera. He will repeat his portrayal of the unjustly condemned priest in Warsaw, Poland in October with the composer in attendance.

The current season included the title role in Sweeney Todd at Coastal Carolina University following his outing as the title role in Rigoletto at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. In January, 2014, he made his debut in Vienna, Austria as Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari at Theater an der Wien with James Conlon conducting (which he will reprise at Covent Garden in the coming season). This March he saw his debut as Tonio in I Pagliacci with Hawaii Opera Theater and in April he will perform the title role in Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero with Anthony Pappano and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome and in London in May, 2014.

In the 2014-15 season he will sing the title role in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer with the South Dakota Symphony as well as Sharpless with Florida Opera Festival. He makes his return to the Royal Danish Opera as Monfort in Verdi’s I Vespri siciliani.