American bass Karl Buttermann recently sang the role of Betto in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance’s production of Gianni Schicchi in New York, NY. This upcoming season, Karl will be continuing his work as a fellow with Fletcher, singing in scenes from Susannah and The Rake’s Progress. He will be performing in productions of La Cenerentola and Impressions de Pelléas, singing the roles of Alidoro and King Arkel, respectively.
In spring 2017, he performed the roles of Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas and Truffaldino in Aridane auf Naxos as a fellow with A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. In the summer of 2016, Mr. Buttermann portrayed the title role of Le nozze di Figaro in Italy at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. In the previous season, he performed in productions of Così fan tutte and Street Scene with Peabody Conservatory, singing the roles of Don Alfonso and Carl Olsen, respectively, in Baltimore, Md. Karl also portrayed William Jennings Bryan in The Janiec Opera Company’s production of Ballad of Baby Doe at Brevard Music Center in the summer of 2015.
Other notable performances with Peabody include Sir Thomas Bertram in the U.S. premiere of the chamber opera Mansfield Park, Le Roi in Cendrillon, and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to these, past portrayals include Rabonnier in La rondine at the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program in Chautauqua, NY, and Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. On the concert stage, Mr. Buttermann debuted as a bass soloist with the Peabody Concert Orchestra in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse in 2014.
Mr. Buttermann graduated with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and is presently pursuing a M.M. degree in Vocal Performance at UNCSA.