(Baron Zeta) Dramatic baritone John Seesholtz is sought after both as a recitalist and on the operatic stage throughout the United States and Europe. Notable recent operatic performances include Sharpless (MADAMA BUTTERFLY) and Iago (OTELLO) with Fort Collins Opera, Alvaro (FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS) with Emerald City Opera and Benoit/Alcindoro (LA BOHÈME) with the Colorado Symphony. His upcoming engagements include a recital series with the Denver Art Song Project entitled Immigrant Voices, and a return to Fort Collins Opera in the title role in Verdi’s MACBETH .
An incredibly versatile artist, Dr. Seesholtz’s operatic repertoire ranges from the tragic to the comedic, with performances as GIANNI SCHICCHI with California Summer Arts, Pangloss (CANDIDE) in Steamboat, CO, Guglielmo (COSÌ FAN TUTTE) with the Festival Galuppi in Venice, Italy, Valentin (FAUST) with Fort Collins Opera, and Ford (FALSTAFF) and Silvio (I PAGLIACCI) in Austin, TX.
Dr. Seesholtz has appeared as the baritone soloist in Haydn’s CREATION with the Shreveport Chorale, Handel’s MESSIAH with the Boston Avenue Cathedral and Tyler Civic Chorale, and Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY with the Sherman Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony and Fort Collins Symphony, among others. Dr. Seesholtz has been a resident artist with Denver Art Song Project since 2017 and has performed a wide variety of repertoire for the organization, including Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring and Vaughan Williams’ The Songs of Travel. Dr. Seesholtz holds vocal performance and pedagogy degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio (BM), the University of Michigan (MM), and the University of North Texas (DMA).