John Carpenter (B.A. '14) recently performed in the world premiere of South Pole, an opera by Miroslav Srnka which was commissioned by the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany.
The world premiere was conducted by General Music Director Kirill Petrenko. In collaboration with the Tasmanian author Tom Holloway, Srnka developed a "double opera" in English about the discovery of the South Pole. The two explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen, who were battling to be the first men to reach the South Pole at the beginning of the 20th century, were played by Thomas Hampson (Amundsen) and Rolando Villazón (Scott). The director was Hans Neuenfels. The opera is scored for one soprano, one mezzo-soprano, five tenors, and five baritones.
John Carpenter first appeared on stage as a member of the Cincinnati Opera Company Chorus in 2013. Since the 2014-15 season, he has been a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Opera Studio. As a baritone member of the Studio, he has performed as the Journalist in Lulu, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory (Opera Studio production), and the Sergeant in La bohème. In the 2015-16 season, he is performing in Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly and Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as in the Opera Studio's production of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten.
Called the Opera Studio, the Bavarian State Opera young artist program prepares highly talented young singers for international careers in step with actual practice. Role studies, voice lessons, acting and movement classes as well as language training are provided. The young artists are cast in smaller roles in productions on the main stage and take part in several concert projects. In addition, they study and perform one complete opera each season which is presented at the prestigious Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, an exquisite rococo hall adjacent to the main theater. After completion of the program, the opera company reserves the right to employ graduates for future engagement in the permanent ensemble.