Baritone Kevin Wetzel has been lauded by critics, for his “sturdy, warm-voiced baritone” and “admirably finished product” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). After completing his graduate studies at The Peabody Institute, Mr. Wetzel was immediately engaged in professional work throughout the country.
Mr. Wetzel will be making his company debut with Loft Opera as Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia. Recent appearances include the title role in Don Giovanni with Tacoma Opera, Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Columbus; Marcello in La bohème with Dicapo Opera Theatre; Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Asheville Lyric Opera; Ruder in The Student Prince and Combeferre in Les misérables with Utah Festival of Opera; the title role in Don Giovanni with HUB Opera and Summer Garden Opera Theatre; Marullo in Rigoletto and Wagner in Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore; Marullo in Rigoletto and Escamillo in Carmen with Sarasota Opera; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opera in the Heights; Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Morales and Le Dancaïre in Carmen, the Mandarin inTurandot, and Montano in Otello, with Arizona Opera; Germont in La traviata and Marcello in La bohème with Chesapeake Chamber Opera; the Customs Officer in La bohème, and Sciarrone in Tosca, both with Virginia Opera; Assan in The Consul, and the Commissionario in La traviata, with Glimmerglass Opera; the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Opera Company; Baron Douphol in La traviata, and Tom/John in Henry Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor with Central City Opera; John in the world premiere of Catherine Reid’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, and Count Almaviva (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro, all with Peabody Opera.
Equally interested in concert and recital repertoire, Kevin has repeatedly performed the audience favorite Carmina Burana with several ensembles including the world-renowned Richmond Ballet. He has also made appearences with Richmond Symphony; Virginia Symphony; Concert Artists of Baltimore; the U.S. State Department; the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Russian Embassy; the Peabody Concert Orchestra; and The Kennedy Center. Specializing in Russian art song, he has become a favorite with the Russian Chamber Arts Society of Alexandria, Virginia.
Kevin is a winner of the Washington, D.C. district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, First Prize winner of the Sylvia Green Voice Competition, and recipient of the Lindauer Memorial Prize at the Annapolis Opera Competition.