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, Mr. Seesholtz’ 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. He will add the title role in RIGOLETTO to his repertoire this season.
Mr. Seesholtz is equally at home on the concert stage and 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. He has also performed Vaughn Williams’ The Five Mystical Songs with the Stillwater Chamber Singers and the OSU Chamber Ensemble, and recently premiered a new arrangement of the cycle for wind symphony and chorus in Oklahoma City. His prodigious repertoire also includes the baritone solos in Brahms’ REQUIEM, Haydn’s LORD NELSON MASS, Faure’s REQUIEM, Stravinsky’s PULCINELLA, Mozart’s REQUIEM, Nielsen’s SYMPHONY NO. 3, and Vaughan Williams’ DONA NOBIS PACEM.
Mr. 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. A passionate advocate of new music, he also performed the west coast debut of Jake Heggie’s A Question of Light and has given numerous performances and lectures on the AIDS Quilt Songbook and its uncollected works. He also debuted new arrangements of Copland’s Old American Songs for Baritone and Chamber Wind Ensemble on an international tour including performances in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the U.S.
Mr. 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).
Sohap Music Ensemble
Scenes from Rigoletto and Carousel
Central City Opera Virtual Tour
Bartolo - Un barbiere di Siviglia