Hailed for his “powerful voice” (CASA Magazine) and “masterful, emotionally vivid” singing (San Diego Story), bass-baritone Ted Allen Pickell is a distinguished and accomplished young artist on the rise.
This 2019/20 season, Mr. Pickell returns for a second year in the Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artist Program, where he will perform the Father in Hansel and Gretel, Don Basilio in the family performance of The Barber of Seville, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, and cover the role of the Mandarin in Turandot. This summer, Mr. Pickell will join the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist.
In the 2018/19 season, Mr. Pickell joined the Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artist Program, where he covered the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni, as well as performed the role of the Marquis in Verdi's La traviata and Frank in the family performance of Die Fledermaus. Additional engagements included a return to the title role in The Mikado with Bodhi Tree Concerts. He was the 2019 winner of the Musical Merit Foundation Award, as well as the first place winner of the 2019 Opera NEO Vocal Competition.
In the 2017/18 season, Mr. Pickell made his San Diego Opera debut as Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, alongside Greer Grimsley as the Pirate King. Additional engagements included a return to the title role in The Mikado with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and spending the summer of 2018 at the San Francisco Opera's prestigious Merola Opera Program, where he sang the role of Father Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Mr. Pickell also joined the San Diego Opera's Apprentice Artist program for singers, where he performed in selections from Faust and Billy Budd.
He was also a San Diego District winner, as well as the Audience Choice Award winner, of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, an award winner in the Loren. L Zachary Competition, a semi-finalist in the George London Foundation, and the winner of the "Most Promising Singer" award from the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus vocal competition.
In the 2016/17 season, Mr. Pickell appeared as the title role in The Mikado with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Der Vater in Hänsel und Gretel with Point Loma Opera Theatre, The Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk and Basilio in The Barber of Seville with Opera Iowa’s young artist outreach ensemble, and joined Des Moines Metro Opera’s roster of Apprentice Artists, where he sang Arthur Jones and study covered the role of John Claggart in Billy Budd, and performed the role of Nick Shadow in scenes from Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Mr. Pickell also performed as a soloist in the Margo Garrett Master Class at Carnegie Hall, as part of Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues.
Other notable operatic performances include Blitch in Susannah, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, The Warden in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and the title role in Mozart's The Impresario with the Northwestern University Opera Theatre, covering Zuniga in Carmen and singing Micha in The Bartered Bride with Music Academy of the West, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Point Loma Opera Theatre, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Opera Academy of California, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor with the University of the Pacific Opera Theatre.
On the concert stage Mr. Pickell has sung the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the featured soloist in Dougherty’s 3 Folk Songs with the Music Academy of the West, Handel’s Brocke’s Passion and Britten’s St. Cecelia at the University of the Pacific.
Mr. Pickell has been a three-time winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions districts, the first place winner in the Opera NEO Vocal Competition, as well as a named winner in the Loren. L Zachary Competition, the winner of the Anne Ferraro Stone Memorial Award from the Bel Canto Foundation, the Musical Merit Foundation Award, and the recipient of scholarships for excellence in vocal performance from Northwestern University and the University of the Pacific.
Mr. Pickell holds a Masters in Vocal Performance at Northwestern University. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from University of the Pacific.