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Curt Olds

Baritone

With an active career in both opera and musical theatre, baritone Curt Olds has been seen in productions ranging from Don Pasquale and Die Zauberflöte to musicals such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, The Threepenny Opera, Broadway’s Riverdance and CATS. Hailed by Opera News as “A wonderful singing actor, as adept in pointing dialogue as in phrasing song,” Curt is best known for his portrayal of the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and his signature role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado, for which he has some 21 productions to his credit. This season, Olds directs The Marvelous Wonderettes at Bigfork Playhouse, sings Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Kentucky Opera, performs Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance and Harold Hill in The Music Man with Utah Festival Opera, and sings a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan excerpts with Master Chorale of South Florida.

May
2017

May-06
to
May-19
The Marvelous Wondrettes
Director
Bigfork Playhouse
Bigfork, MT
Jul
2017

Jul-07
to
Aug-09
The Music Man
Harold Hill
Utah Festival Opera
Logan, UT
Jul-08
to
Aug-09
The Pirates of Penzance
Major General Stanley
Utah Festival Opera
Logan, UT
Oct
2017

Oct-14
“Jerry and Friends” Concert
Soloist
Macon Symphony
Macon, GA
Jan
2018

Jan-27
to
Feb-04
Candide
Pangloss/Voltaire/Cacambo/Martin
Arizona Opera
Tucson, AZ
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…Atlanta Opera debut…
 Pirates of Penzance “Also making his Atlanta Opera debut, baritone Curt Olds portrays the eccentric Major-General Stanley, in a manner that seemed largely inspired by that of the late English actor George Rose in Joseph Papp’s early 1980s Broadway stage adaptation. This was most acutely so, down to the pith helmet and parasol, in the signature patter song, “I am the very model of a modern Major General,” even if a tad slower than Tose’s mitrailleuse delivery. Olds has also performed the role with Nashville Opera.”Arts Atlanta 
…rogue, handsome, and uniformly charming…
Pirates of Penzance “Curt Olds was back, and just as entrancing in both singing and acting. His role seemed written for him, his light, firm baritone creating a most civilized rogue, handsome and uniformly charming.”Honolulu Advertiser
…world-class star…
 The Mikado “Olds as Ko-Ko was born to interpret Gilbert’s witty libretto. A master of timing and utterly-appealing in every aspect of his performance. A world-class star on the rise!” – The Rochester Times
…electric stage presence…
 South Pacific “Curt Olds gives a first-class performance as Luther Billis, with great comic timing and electric stage presence.” – Salt Lake Tribune 
…makes the most of every laugh…
Pirates of Penzance “You’d be hard pressed to find a more animated Major General Stanley than baritone Curt Olds. He delivers the tongue-twisting “I Am the Very Model of the Modern Major-General” with ease, and makes the most of every laugh in Act II’s “Hush, Hush, Not a Word!” – The Tennessean
With an active career in both opera and musical theatre, baritone Curt Olds has been seen in productions ranging from Don Pasquale and Die Zauberflöte to musicals such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, The Threepenny Opera, Broadway’s Riverdance and CATS. Hailed by Opera News as “A wonderful singing actor, as adept in pointing dialogue as in phrasing song,” Curt is best known for his portrayal of the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and his signature role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado, for which he has some 21 productions to his credit. This season, Olds directs The Marvelous Wonderettes at Bigfork Playhouse, sings Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Kentucky Opera, performs Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance and Harold Hill in The Music Man with Utah Festival Opera, and sings a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan excerpts with Master Chorale of South Florida

Living up to his singing actor pedigree, Mr. Olds has experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional and international houses. He played Monsieur Baurel in the workshop of An American in Paris directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon; Gus in the Original German Company of CATS; Walt in Threepenny Opera starring Bea Arthur at NYC’s Lortel Theatre; Cecil in A Room With a View at NYC’s York Theatre; Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music at Boston’s North Shore Theatre; Bob Wallace in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Theatre on the Square, and spent two years in the Broadway company of Riverdance. Other favorite theatre engagements include Pete Bartel in Pete ‘N’ Keely, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate; Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, The Musical; and The Baker in Into the Woods.

A consummate “cross-over” artist, Olds has performed some theatre repertoire favorites on opera stages throughout the country including Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd at Opera Omaha;  Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Ash Lawn Opera; Will Parker in Oklahoma! and Frank Schultz in Show Boat at Central City Opera; Herman in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera; Max in The Sound of Music with Anchorage Opera; Luther Billis in South Pacific with Hawaii Opera Theatre; Petrucchio/Fred in Kiss Me, Kate at MCT, Inc.; and Bob Wallace in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Olds is also in demand and has garnered international acclaim for his creative portrayals of an array of characters in the operetta repertoire. Career highlights include such performances as: Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with Arizona Opera and Central City Opera; Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Central City Opera, Opera New Jersey, Arizona Opera, and Anchorage Opera; The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance with Edmonton Opera, Lake George Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Arizona Opera; Falke in Die Fledermaus at Lake George Opera; Dick McGann in Street Scene at Central City Opera; Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera and Atlanta Opera, among others; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Hawaii Opera Theatre; and Njegus in The Merry Widow for Utah Opera.

On the concert stage, Olds performed Carmina Burana with Boston Symphony Pro Musica, Händel’s Chandos Anthem No. 5 at the Omaha Symphony, and is seen regularly on Pops stages throughout the U.S. including Ridgefield Symphony, Brazos Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. He made his New York recital début at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Gerald Steichen at the piano.

Gaining momentum as a recording and voice-over artist, Olds recorded commercials and promotional materials with clients including Planet Hollywood Casinos, Books Beyond Pages, Ethan Allen Furniture, and the syndicated PBS feature Northwest Explorer. Curt is also featured on the soundtrack of the Disney animated film A Christmas Carol starring Kate Winslet and Nicholas Cage.

As a director, Mr. Olds has directed productions of My Fair Lady, The Mikado, Spamalot!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Carmen, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pirates of Penzance, and more at regional theatres and in educational institutions. He has also given a variety of masterclasses at young artist programs and universities, demonstrating an investment in emerging talents in the performing arts.

Curt holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was also a winner in Portland Opera’s Lieber Awards and was named McGlone Artist of the Year at Central City Opera.

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