Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world having won international acclaim both as an opera singer and as an actor. In 2008 he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Emile De Beque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre. He also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle awards for his participation in South Pacific.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the son of Polish immigrants, Mr. Szot has appeared with many major opera companies throughout the world both in Europe, the U.S., and in his native Brazil.
Among his engagements in the 2012/2013 season were his debut at the Washington National Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni, as well as at Rome Opera in a new production of The Nose and his debut in A Dog’s heart a new production of Teatro alla Scala. He also returned to Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra and performed in an acclaimed solo concert with the NY Philharmonic. Engagements for the 2013/2014 season include his return to the Metropolitan Opera for performances in The Nose and Die Fledermaus, among others.
Paulo Szot appeared in South Pacific throughout the 2009/2010 season, and made his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of The Nose by Shostakovich conducted by Valery Gergiev. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra in a program of Lerner and Lowe. The 2010/2011 season began with a two week engagement at the famous Café Carlyle in New York. Also during the 2010/2011 season Paulo Szot made his debut at Dallas Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni followed by his Paris Opera debut as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, and appeared at Carnegie Hall in concert with Deborah Voigt and Collegiate Chorale.
In the 2011/2012 season, Mr. Szot made his debut at the Festival de Aix-en-Provence as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He then made his debut at the San Francisco Opera as Escamillo in Carmen. Mr. Szot also returned to the Café Carlyle for a concert series and to the Metropolitan Opera in Manon.
In addition to his performances in South Pacific, during the 2008/2009 season Mr. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli, and he debuted at the Ravinia Festival in concert with Kelli O’Hara. He appeared in concert in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series. Mr. Szot appeared in the 2007/2008 season as Marcello in La bohème at Opera National de Bordeaux and also made his debut in Antwerp at De Vlaamse Opera as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro.