“An imposing bass-baritone,” as reviewed by Opera News, Joseph Beutel is often praised for his “deep well-rounded tone” and overall richness of voice and versatility on stage. He portrayed the roles of the Duke and Judge in Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, where he “burned up the stage . . . singing with gorgeous tone in a huge vocal range and with an actor’s command of language.” Other recent engagements have included singing with Loft Opera’s production of Tosca where he played Angelotti, Bedron and the portrait Alexandre in Martinů’s Comedy on the Bridge and Alexandre Bis with Gotham Chamber Opera, Lamoral in The Santa Fe Opera’s production of Arabella, Sulpice in La fille du regiment with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Sam in Un ballo in maschera with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, der Tod in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Opera Moderne in Vienna, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware, and the high priest of Baal in Nabucco with Opera Naples. He originated the role of the British Major in the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts, premiered at Minnesota Opera. Beutel was the winner of a Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award in 2011.
Alongside his opera career, he also appears in many concerts across the country and in Europe, working in places such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he presented a concert of music by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the fiftieth anniversary of The Sound of Music. He has previously sung Messiah with The Santa Fe Symphony, Trinity Church Wall Street, and ensemble viii; Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, and many other concerts with the Voices of Ascension; St. Matthew Passion with Bloomington Chamber Singers and Trinity Church Wall Street; and numerous performances of Bach cantatas. Beutel is also a champion of new works and has had the privilege of premiering many pieces. One recent such venture was with the Choral Society of the Hamptons singing the role of Moses in a new oratorio piece by Victoria Bond, Reluctant Moses. He has also been involved with American Lyric Theater, a company designed to write operas. These projects include the role of Fred Clayton in The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.
He also has some credits in musical theater, including Carousel with the New York Philharmonic, Most Happy Fella with Encores! at New York City Center, and various other cabarets and concerts. Most recently, Beutel is also working in the world of voice over and getting back to his roots of writing music. Stay tuned!
Don’t miss our acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus led by Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. Included in the lineup this year, are guest soloists Hailey Clark, soprano; Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano; John Tiranno, tenor; and Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone. First performed in 1742, this musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works and a musicale rite of the holiday season. After many years of sold-out Messiah performances, we continue to offer this baroque-era oratorio on Saturday and Sunday..