Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world, having garnered international acclaim as both an opera singer and an actor. Born in São Paulo to Polish immigrants, Szot has appeared in leading roles with many major opera companies throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala, Dutch National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Rome Opera, and Opera Australia. 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 Theater, for which he also won the Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle and Theater World Awards. Szot was the first Brazilian actor to receive such honors.
In this 2016-2017 season, Szot will bow as Don Alfonso in a new production of Cosi fan tutte at Opera National de Paris and present a solo recital at Teatro Royal de Madrid as a salute to Frank Sinatra’s recordings of Antonio Jobim’s bossa novas. He will also create the roles of Alexander Hamilton, Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The New Prince at Dutch National Opera.
Engagements in recent seasons have included appearances at the Metropolitan Opera as Lescaut in Manon, the Captain in John Adam's The Death of Klinghoffer, Kovalev in The Nose, Escamillo in Carmen and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, at the Washington National Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni, at the Paris Opera as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, at Opera Australia in the title role of Eugene Onegin and as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.