As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, bass-baritone Karl Buttermann covers Ramphis in Aïda, sings Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and performs in the fall Education and Outreach Tour.
This past summer, he sang Leporello in a workshop production of Don Giovanni with North Carolina Summer Opera in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Last season, he performed the roles of Vierte Edle in Lohengrin and Norton in La cambiale di matrimonio as an Apprentice Artist with Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also covered Heinrich in Lohengrin. In the fall of 2018, Mr. Buttermann covered Colline in La bohème with Piedmont Opera in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. That summer, he sang Timur in Turandot with NC Summer Opera, in which he was praised for his “rich and mellow basso cantante.” In the previous season, he performed the roles of Arkel in Impressions de Pelléas and Alidoro in La Cenerentola as a fellow with A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, also in Winston-Salem. In the summer of 2017, he sang the role of Betto di Signa in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance’s production of Gianni Schicchi in New York, NY. That spring, also with Fletcher, Mr. Buttermann performed the role of Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas, in which the Winston-Salem Journal praised his “robust bass-baritone.” In addition to this performance with Fletcher, he also sang the role of Truffaldino in Aridane auf Naxos. In the summer of 2016, he portrayed the title role of Le nozze di Figaro in Italy at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. In the previous season, Mr. Buttermann performed in productions of Così fan tutte and Street Scene with Peabody Opera Theater, singing the roles of Don Alfonso and Carl Olsen, respectively, in Baltimore, Maryland. In the summer of 2015, he portrayed William Jennings Bryan in Ballad of Baby Doe and sang Monterone in Rigoletto with The Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. He also covered Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Other notable performances with Peabody include Sir Thomas Bertram in the U.S. premiere of the chamber opera Mansfield Park, Le Roi in Cendrillon, and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to these, past portrayals include Rabonnier in La rondine at the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program in Chautauqua, NY, and Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.
On the concert stage, Mr. Buttermann debuted as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mozart Club of Winston-Salem in 2018. He was also a soloist with the Peabody Concert Orchestra in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse in 2014.
Mr. Buttermann graduated with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Cornett in 2016, and graduated with a M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2018. He studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.