Acclaimed for his powerful sonorous tone and elegant, stylish delivery of music and words, Doug Botnick is ideally suited for Italian verismo and bel canto, as well as Wagnerian repertoire: Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Amonasro in Aida, Ford in Falstaff, Scarpia in Tosca, di Luna in Il Trovatore, the title role in Rigoletto, Iago in Otello, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, plus roles such as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Germont in La Traviata, Gerard in Andrea Ch_nier, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Riccardo in I Puritani,Wolfram in TannhŠuser, Donner and Gunther in Der Ring des Niebelungen, the title role in Sweeney Todd, Emile de Beque in South Pacific, among others.
Mr. Botnick was recently heard as Amonasro in Aida at West Bay Opera in Palo Alto, California and as Alfio in Cavelleria Rusticana in Palm Springs, California under the baton of Val_ry Ryvkin, as well as Germont in La Traviata at Repertory Opera Company in Los Angeles, California. Future engagements include Bach’s Weihnachtsoratoium with the Angeles Chorale and Sinfonia, a Verdi Bi-Centennial Recital, and a return to Repertory Opera Company as Scarpia in Tosca.
Mr. Botnick has been heard as the Baritone Soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and at the Hollywood Bowl as Doolittle in My Fair Lady with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Botnick sang Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Monterey Symphony Orchestra. And he has been heard in the title role of Rigoletto and recently performed Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera at Wichita Grand Opera and Opera San Luis Obispo. He was engaged by the Los Angeles Opera to sing staging rehearsals and to cover Amonasro in Aida and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to understudy Emile de Beque in South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl.
Mr. Botnick’s solo concert repertoire includes works for orchestra and chorus by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Ravel, R. Strauss, and Vaughan Williams as well as songs by Rogers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Stephen Schwartz, Cole Porter, Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Williams.
Mr. Botnick was a prizewinner in the San Francisco Opera National Auditions and a member of the San Francisco Opera Merola Program. In addition, he was an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera. He was also a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
He is currently studying with Val_ry Ryvkin, William Vendice, Brent McMunn, Joseph Rescigno, and Linda Hall at the Metropolitan Opera. Past teachers include Fritz Zweig, Lee Sweetland, and Jack Metz.