Curtis Sullivan

Bass-baritone

Curtis Sullivan

Bass-baritone

 

A suave baritone sound has assured Curtis Sullivan of success in a variety of musical idioms. On the opera stage, he starred as Count Almaviva in Opera Atelier’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in Toronto and Tokyo and he has also been heard for Opera Atelier in Charpentier’s MEDÉE, as Sarastro in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and as Neptune in IDOMENEO. For the Stratford Festival, he was cast as Giuseppe in THE GONDOLIERS directed by Brian Macdonald. Sondheim’s innovative music theatre work, PASSION, was his assignment at the Canadian Stage in Toronto where he starred as the brooding romantic hero, Giorgio.  In another change of pace, the Banff Centre alumnus appeared in the Classical Kids production of TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS AMERICA with the Houston Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. 

His current season is highlighted by appearances for Drayton Entertainment as the Captain in ANYTHING GOES, a return to Toronto Operetta Theatre for PIRATES OF PENZANCE and a cross Canada tour with ‘Bravura’, a baritone trio.  Sullivan was member of the Stratford Festival acting company last season, following which he toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with ‘Bravura’ and was featured as Dr. Engel in THE STUDENT PRINCE for Toronto Operetta Theatre. Recent engagements include Pasha in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Grand Prêtre in PERSÉE, Masetto and Il Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI and Publio in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO for Opera Atelier, workshops for Tapestry’s OXANA G, and Grand Bend’s production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. The Opera Atelier production of Lully’s ARMIDE took him to Glimmerglass Opera and Versailles in the summer of 2012 and he was heard in the new Opera Atelier production of DER FREISCHÜTZ as Samiel.

He has appeared in Korea in DON GIOVANNI and in Cleveland in L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA. Long associated with Opera Atelier, he has been seen as Aeneas in DIDO AND AENEAS, Eumete in IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA, Ministre in IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE, Bartolo in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO as well as featured roles in ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, PERSÉE and ORFEO. Balancing Baroque with contemporary, he was in Grand Bend for THE SECRET GARDEN and MAN OF LA MANCHA, Calgary for Weill’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Popolescu in Kalman’s COUNTESS MARITZA and Weill’s LADY IN THE DARK for Toronto Operetta Theatre. In the Toronto Fringe Festival, he was featured in JOE WHITE AND THE SEVEN DIVORCEES and later starred in THE MUSIC MAN at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope.

Mr. Sullivan debuted at the San Francisco Opera, sharing the stage with Federica von Stade and Bo Skovhus in THE MERRY WIDOW. In Calgary he sang Schaunard in LA BOHEME, starred as the Pirate King in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Kawartha Lakes Playhouse and was Lancelot in CAMELOT for the Ganaraska Festival Summer Theatre.

The New Brunswick native starred as Petrucchio in Giannini’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for Pacific Opera Victoria, Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY for Toronto Operetta Theatre and he was Aeneas in DIDO AND AENEAS for Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland. Contemporary credits include EREWHON by Applebaum and Moore (Pacific Opera Victoria), ELSEWHERELESS by Sharman and Egoyan and THE IRON ROAD by Chan Ka Nin, both for Tapestry New Opera Works.

Further engagements include “A Broadway Spectacular” at the National Arts Centre, Rossini’s MESSA DI GLORIA with the Hamilton Philharmonic and MESSIAHs in Kingston and Peterborough. Mr. Sullivan has been guest soloist with the Prince George Symphony, Toronto Chamber Society, the Elora Festival, Orchestra London and the Amadeus Choir in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Bernstein to Broadway “Pops” evenings. His repertoire also includes featured roles in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, CARMEN, THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with the opera companies of Vancouver, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Festival Canada.         

 

September 2016

OPERA REPERTOIRE

Applebaum EREWHON Gurgoyle
Bernstein TROUBLE IN TAHITI Sam
Bizet CARMEN El Dancairo/Morales
Blizstein REGINA Jazz
Britten THE LITTLE SWEEP
PETER GRIMES
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Black Bob, Tom
Ned Keene
Demetrius
Chan Ka Nin IRON ROAD Sir John A. MacDonald
Charpentier ACTÉON Chasseur
Arcas
Donizetti L’ÉLISIR D’AMORE Belcore
Giannini THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Petruchio
Hoddinott THE MAGICIAN Sesto
Kalman COUNTESS MARITZA Popolescu
Lehar DIE LUSTIGE WITWE Cascada
Lully PERSÉE High Priest
Lully-Molière BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME Fencing Master
Massenet MANON Lescaut
Menotti AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS King Melchior
Monteverdi L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA Liberto
Mozart LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
DON GIOVANNI
L’OCA DEL CAIRO
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
MOZART’S MAGIC FANTASY
Count Almaviva
Masetto/Il Commendatore
Chichibio
The Speaker
Papageno (arr. Classical Kids)
Nicol THE TROJAN WOMEN
DYMPHNA
Poseidon/Talthybius
King
Puccini LA BOHÈME
GIANNI SCHICCHI
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Shaunard
Betto
Yamadori
Purcell DIDO & AENEAS Aeneas
Rossini L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI Haly
Sharman ELSEWHERELESS Andrew
Straus THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER Popoff
Stravinsky THE RAKE’S PROGRESS Nick Shadow
Sullivan THE GONDOLIERS
PATIENCE
PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Giuseppe Palmieri
Archibald Grosvenor
Samuel/Pirate King
Weill KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY Washington Irving
  LADY IN THE DARK Charlie

 

CONCERT REPERTOIRE

Bach WACHET AUF
Cage ARIA
Cornelius THE KINGS
Dubois SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST
Fauré REQUIEM
Finzi IN TERRA PAX
Handel DIXIT DOMINUS
MESSIAH
Ibert DON QUIXOTE
Knight STILL LIFE
Mendelssohn ST. PAUL
Monteverdi VESPERS
Mozart KRÖNUNGSMESSE
REQUIEM
Musto SHADOW OF THE BLUES
Nicol THE TROJAN WOMEN
Pergolesi MAGNIFICAT
Poulenc LE TRAVAIL DE PEINTRE
LE BAL MASQUE
Puccini MESSA DI GLORIA
Rolfe FOUR SONGS
Rossini PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
Rzewski COMING TOGETHER
Vaughan-Williams HODIE
SONGS OF TRAVEL

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

Aperghis DE LA NATURE DE GRAVITÉ
DE LA NATURE DE L’EAU
RECITATIONS #4
RECITATIONS #8
Tyrant
Father
Barton THE HOLLOW CROWN Baritone
Coleman SWEET CHARITY Vittorio Vidal
Cowling TCHAIKOVSKY DISCOVERS
AMERICA
Tchaikovsky
Leigh MAN OF LA MANCHA Dr. Carasco
Loesser GUYS AND DOLLS Sky Masterson
Lerner/Loewe MY FAIR LADY
CAMELOT
Henry Higgins
Lancelot
Nicol UNREQUITED PINE Jack Pine
Rodgers & Hammerstein SOUTH PACIFIC
CAROUSEL
Lt. Cable
Billy Bigelow
Rzewski THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH Klehr
Sondheim INTO THE WOODS
PASSION
Cinderella’s Prince
Giorgio
Willson THE MUSIC MAN Harold Hill
Wilson THE BOYFRIEND Tony

 

“Curtis Sullivan, whom we’ve seen opposite Ainsworth in several Opera Atelier shows, was the very model of a modern opera baritone, as Major-General Stanley. When it was time for the obligatory political commentary TOT didn’t hesitate to hand the opportunity to Sullivan for a hilarious final verse of the famous tune.” [Pirates of Penzance, Toronto Operetta Theatre]  
Barcza blog, Leslie Barcza

 

“Meanwhile, the Modern Major General himself, Curtis R. Sullivan, has wonderful comic timing, allowing the character’s absurdity to come through with merely a few smug facial expressions and some bluntly-delivered lines. Both were scene-stealers.” [Pirates of Penzance, Toronto Operetta Theatre]  
Mooney on theatre, Lin Young

 

“In the Major-General’s famous entrance song, I am the very model of a modern Major-General, Sullivan sang clearly and with excellent diction… In Act 2 Sullivan displayed his smooth bass-baritone to fine effect in his ballad Sighing softly to the river.” [Pirates of Penzance, Toronto Operetta Theatre]  
Stage Door, Christopher Hoile

 

“Curtis Sullivan was effectively menacing vocally, balletically and dramatically as the diabolical personification of Hatred.”  
The Globe and Mail, Ken Winters

 

“As Giorgio, the young military officer, Curtis Sullivan is both commanding and compassionate, sensual enough to underscore his appeal to his married mistress, aesthetic enough to fire the heart of a dying woman after a single glance.”  
Toronto Sun, John Coulbourn

 

“Sullivan (Colonel Popoff, The Chocolate Soldier) catches his satirical nature so well his every comic remark hits home.”  
Stage Door, Christopher Hoile

 

“Curtis Sullivan oozed machismo from every pore and swept the entire show along in his wake whenever he was on stage.”  
The Vancouver Sun, Robert Jordon

 

“Curtis Sullivan (Guiseppe)…outstanding…wonderful on stage, sings beautifully and acts with just the right amount of G & S hamminess.” [The Gondoliers, Stratford Festival]  
The Gleaner, Anne Ingram

Video

Magic Flute Diaries: Curtis Sullivan as Sarastro

Curtis Sullivan steps into his film role as Sarastro, bringing with him the experience of playing the same character on stage in the original opera, The Magic Flute. In his interview, he shares his favourite scenes, insights in his character and what he believes to be the similarities and differences between acting for film and acting on stage

 

 

NEWS

Curtis Sullivan Appears with Toronto Operetta Theatre in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.  The final performances are on January 6, 7, 8.

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