Lyric baritone TOM SITZLER has been capturing audiences with his warm, generous voice and convincing stage presence. Growing up in Arizona, Tom was buying CD’s of pianist Glenn Gould and composer Rachmaninoff, while his older brothers and friends were buying the newest albums of the latest bands. This began his lasting love of classical music.
Mr. Sitzler first stepped into the professional arena of performing as the Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore with Union Avenue Opera. That was followed by premiering the role of Bob in Family Dynamics by composer Bill Lenihan with St. Louis City Opera. Among many other programs and performances, he participated in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program in New Jersey, covering Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Sitzler was heard singing Silvano from Un ballo in maschera with Union Avenue Opera, where Sarah Bryan Miller from the St. Louis Post Dispatch said, “Tom Sitzler … made the most of a small role” and Mark Bretz from Ladue News said, “Tom Sitzler is entertaining as the sailor.” Later that same year, he stepped down from a two-year apprenticeship with the Bach Society of St. Louis, where he performed the bass solos in Mozart’s Requiem and covered the solos in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
This compelling performer returned to St. Louis to portray the title role in The Boor with Gateway Opera, where Mark Bretz from Ladue News said, “As the boor, Tom Sitzler proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy.” Now a sought-after artist, his most recent engagements include Germont in La Traviata and Scarpia in Tosca with Painted Sky Opera; Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande with‘dell Arte Opera; Son Ami in Le Pauvre Matelot with Hub City Opera; Karl Baum in Liebovar with Boheme Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera West; Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Pacific Opera Project; Heath in Matthew David Brown's Phony with Alter Ego Chamber Opera in Philadelphia; Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Painted Sky Opera; Prophet/King in Muhly's Dark Sisters with Opera Fayetteville; and Scarpia in Tosca with Long Island Lyric Opera.
“Tom Sitzler... made the most of a small role." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Tom Sitzler was entertaining as the sailor."
"As the boor, Tom Sitzler proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy." - Ladue News