Biography

"An imposing bass-baritone," as reviewed by Opera News, Joseph Beutel, is often praised for his "deep well-rounded tone," and overall richness of voice and versatility on stage. Making his career across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, Beutel has performed with such companies as Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Seattle Opera, and the New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He enjoys performing operas in the classic cannon and originating new roles in ones on the cutting edge. One such opera in which he most recently performed the father or “sir” role is called Mila, Commissioned and performed by Asia Society Hong Kong, and is the story of a typical Hong Kong family and their domestic helper. The opera sheds light on these social issues spanning much of Asia and into the middle east, and was featured in Time Magazine. He also originated the role of the "British Major" in the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts premiered at Minnesota Opera. Other roles include the Duke and Judge in Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, where he "burned up the stage... singing with gorgeous tone in a huge vocal range and with an actor's command of language." He made his Carnegie Hall debut, singing the role of Peter in Elgar’s The Apostles with American Symphony Orchestra, returning to that stage this December in Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York. Beutel was the 2nd place winner of the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition in 2017 and winner of a Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award in 2011. He also appears in many concert works internationally, namely in the roles in Messiah, St. Matthew and St. John Passion (J.S. Bach), and Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, and Fauré. His musical theater credits include Carousel with the New York Philharmonic, and Most Happy Fella with ENCORES! at City Center in New York. He made his debut with New York City Ballet this past season in the works of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Leonard Bernstein’s Dybbuk for the Robbins 100 Festival, celebrating the centennial of choreographer Jerome Robbins.