Important roles in Mr. Schmitz’s repertoire include Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Basilio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro, David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw, Aschenbach Death in Venice, Bob Boles and Reverend Horace Adams Peter Grimes, Madwoman Curlew River, the title role in Albert Herring, Frantz Les Contes D’Hoffman, Frick and the Brazilian La Vie Parisienne, the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Dr. Caius and Bardolfo Falstaff, Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Remendado Carmen, Pong and Pang Turandot.
Other opera credits include the role of Johansson Die Gespenstersonate by Aribert Reimann with Kammer Oper in Vienna; David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Mastersingers Company in London; Dr. Caius Falstaff with Mid-Wales Opera; Tamino The Magic Flute with Opera Brava; Ferrando Cosi fan tutte with Castleward Opera, Telemaco Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Globe Theatre in London with the Britten-Pears Programme; Mars in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Thespis London Kensington Sinfonia; and a West End season of Gilbert & Sullivan at the Gielgud Theatre. Mr. Schmitz also performed Hotel Porter Death in Venice with Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals under the direction of Yoshii Oida.
Mr. Schmitz has worked extensively with Seattle Opera both on the main stage and as a Young Artist. The Seattle Times summed up his main stage debut performance in the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro as ‘Hilarious’. With Seattle Opera as a Young Artist credits include: Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw, and Dr. Caius Falstaff, Ferrando Cosi fan tutte, Tamino The Magic Flute, and Don Basilio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro.
Mr. Schmitz has premiered songs by Ned Rorem and John Musto with the New York Festival of Song, regularly appeared with the Greenwich Music Festival, in recital with Seattle Opera, and with the Emmy Destinn Foundation in London. Other concert credits include Elijah at Birmingham Town Hall with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Noces (Stravinsky) and Paukenmesse (Haydn) with the Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, and the title role in Saint Nicolas (Britten) with the New Elizabethan Singers.
Beginning his studies as both an actor and singer at Northwestern University, Mr. Schmitz continued on to complete degrees there and at the Manhattan School of Music. Ted furthered his work and training in the Young Artist Programs of Central City Opera, Britten-Pears Programme, Opera Theatre of St Louis as well as Seattle Opera.