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Louis Otey

Soloist, Baritone
He was born in 1955 in Flandreau, South Dakota (USA). He studied at the University of Memphis under Ethel Maxwell (1974-1979), then at the training program of the Houston Opera (1979-1981) and then in New York under Armen Boyajian and Mignon Dunn. He made his professional in 1974, in Memphis, as Balthasar in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti, a composer with whom he collaborated on several occasions. He mostly sang baritone roles in operas of the italian repertoire. He was awarded at the "Butterfly" competition in Torre del Lago (1988). He appeared in numerous opera houses in the U.S. and Canada, in Rio de Janeiro, at the Royal Opera House in London, the Opera of Monte Carlo, in Australia and elsewhere. His repertory includes roles, such as: High Priest of Dagon [Samson and Delilah/Samson et Dalila], Sharpless [Madama Butterfly], Eisenstein [The Bat/Die Fledermaus], Enrico [Lucia di Lammermoor], Don Giovanni [Don Giovanni], Count Almaviva [The Marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro], Figaro [The Barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia], the four "villains" of the opera The Tales of Hoffmann [Les contes d'Hoffmann], Giorgio Germont [La traviata], Jago [Othello/Otello], Belcore [The Elixir of Love/L' elisir d'amore], etc. In his mature years, he also interpreted roles or seldomly staged operas by Penderecki, Chausson, Ginastera, etc. He recorded the operas Three Sisters by Thomas Pasatieri, The Bat and The Consul. He appeared at the GNO once, as Donato in Menotti's opera Maria Golovin (1983-84).