Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world having won international acclaim both as an opera singer and as an actor. He is currently starring in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre and won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Emile De Beque. He also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle awards for his participation in South Pacific.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the son of Polish immigrants, he has appeared with many major opera companies throughout the world both in Europe, the U.S., and in his native Brazil.
He continued to appear in South Pacific throughout the 2009-2010 season, also made his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of The Nose by Shostakovich conducted by Valery Gergiev. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra in a program of Lerner and Lowe. The 2010-2011 season began with a two week engagement at the famous Café Carlyle in New York. Also during the 2010-2011 season he will make his debut at Dallas Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni followed by his Paris Opera debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, and will appear at Carnegie Hall in concert with Deborah Voigt and Collegiate Chorale.
In the 2011-2012 season, he made his debut at the Festival de Aix-en-Provence as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He then made his debut at the San Francisco Opera as Escamillo in Carmen. He also returned to the Café Carlyle for a concert series. He will later return to the Metropolitan Opera in Manon.
In addition to his performances in South Pacific, during the 2008-2009 season he made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli, and he debuted at the Ravinia Festival in concert with Kelli O'Hara. He appeared in concert in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series. Mr. Szot appeared in the 2007-2008 season as Marcello in La bohème at Opera National de Bordeaux and also made his debut in Antwerp at De Vlaamse Opera as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro.
He made his U.S. debut in the 2003-2004 season as Escamillo in Carmen at the New York City Opera and covered the title role of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera. He sang the role of Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theater that season, and then made his European debut in 2004 in the title role of Eugene Onegin in Marseille receiving high praise from the French press. He returned to the New York City Opera in the 2004-2005 season as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and also returned to the Met that season to cover Figaro in that same opera. He appeared as Escamillo in Carmen in Palm Beach that season and then debuted at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago in the same role.
The 2005-2006 season brought his debut with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto as Escamillo. He returned to Marseille to appear as Aeneus in Dido and Aeneus. He also appeared that season with the Jacksonville Symphony and returned to Marseille as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He made his debut at Opéra de Bordeaux that season in the title role of Don Giovanni. He returned to the New York City Opera in the 2006-2007 season as Belcore in a new production of L'elisir d'amore staged by Jonathan Miller and appeared in Maria Golovin at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and in Le nozze di Figaro in Boston. He debuts this season at the Liceo in Barcelona in Le portrait de Manon and appears in Nice in Così fan tutte.