Praised by Opera for his “ringing high notes” and “clarity of tone,” Cameron Schutza makes company debut as Pollione in Norma with Sarasota Opera in the 2017-18 season. He is the 2016 recipient of the top award, the Robert Lauch Memorial Fund Endowment Award, from the Wagner Society of New York and, in repertoire by the same composer, will compete in the Lauritz Melchoir International Singing Competition in Denmark, accompanied by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights for the tenor include the Narraboth in Salome with the Orquesta Sinfònica Nacional at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City with Carlos Prieto conducting, Manrico in Il Trovatore with both Portland Summerfest and the Astoria Music Festival alongside soprano Angela Meade, Don José in Carmen with the Walla Walla Symphony, and previous performances of Pollione in Norma with Opera in the Heights.
In recent seasons, the tenor has joined the Metropolitan Opera roster for its productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser, and Salome and joined the Caramoor International Music Festival as the First Prisoner in Fidelio – while also responsible for the role of Florestan, Danieli in Les vêpres Siciliennes, Rustighello in Lucrezia Borgia, and for the cover of the title role of Don Carlos and the Duca in Rigoletto. His other credits include Jaquino in Fidelio with Michigan Opera Theatre and, on the concert stage, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Verdi’s Requiem with Houston Masterworks, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He joined Rockport Music and soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs for a recital, Strauss: Celebrating 150 years.
The Texas native is an alumnus of the young artist programs of Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, and Palm Beach Opera and a two-time winner of the Arizona District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.