Where Are They Now?
Things are looking lively for bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum. After a recent appearance as Zuniga in Operahaus Zurich’s Carmen, he is due to play Don Fernando in Fidelio with Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in December 2018. Then, it’s off to De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam for roles in Caruso in Cuba, Tannhäuser, and Madama Butterfly.
Opera News commended the captivating singer as “…a powerhouse, commanding of presence, virile of sound, and articulate even in the swiftest exchanges.”
Over at the Bay Area Reporter, Philip Campbell noted his “macho nerve” and his ability to create a show-stopper.
Listen to the resounding performance that earned Quattlebaum a slot as a finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup in March 2018.
That same month, he made his London debut at Barbican Hall, performing as Jesus and the bass soloist in Johannes-Passion with James Gilchrist.
Wherever he goes, audiences and judges sit up and take note. Quattlebaum was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s 2017 competition. He received the Sara Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and a Novick Career Advancement grant. Other honors and awards have been granted from the George London Foundation, Connecticut Alliance of Music, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Index, and—of course—James Toland Vocal Arts.
It is hard to imagine an artist who is so in demand making time for other pursuits, but he names several, among them bodybuilding, football, hockey, lacrosse, hiking, and cooking.
There is yet one more accolade to mention. The blog Barihunks: The Sexiest Baritone Hunks from Opera has had its eye on this star for some time. The site reports, “Quattlebaum…appears in our 2018 Barihunks Calendar, which includes 20 of opera's sexiest men.”
We look forward to following your multifaceted career, Cody!