Sheldon Baxter

Sheldon Baxter


“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.” ― Robert Benchley
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«“Sheldon Baxter´s high baritone was ideal for the part...and he used it appropriately to augment his enviable acting skills.”»
Hilary Clark, Opera canada (2018)
«sheldon baxter, who plays cunegonde's protective brother.maximilian, offers up one of the most charming performances of the evening.»
colin thomas (2018)
2019Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti3rd Trio Member
2018Weber: Der FreischützKilian
2018Bizet: CarmenDancaïre
2018Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2017Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti3rd Trio Member
2017Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginEugene Onegin
2017Webber: Jesus Christ SuperstarPeter
2016Bizet: CarmenDancaïre
2016Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSprecher
2016Orff: Der MondSecond Rascal
2016Handel: RinaldoGoffredo
2015Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelPeter
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2015Verdi: La TraviataGiorgio Germont
2015Bernstein: CandideMaximilian
2014Rota: Il cappello di paglia di FirenzeEmilio
2013Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannDapertutto
2013Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2013Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenForester (gamekeeper, Revírník)
2012Mozart: Cosi fan tutteGuglielmo
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniMasetto
2012Lehár: Die Lustige WitweBogdanovitsch
2012Dvořák: RusalkaHunter


Canadian baritone, Sheldon Baxter, is a dynamic and versatile singer with an impressive amount of on-stage experience in opera, musical theater, and concert performances. Sheldon honed his singing abilities in the vocal studios of bass-baritone Norman Bailey, soprano Krisitine Ciesinski, and most recently baritone Peter Barcza. He graduated from the prestigious Opera Performance program at the University of British Columbia, Canada where he performed multiple roles including: Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), Revírník (Příhody lišky Bystroušky), Emilio (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze), Dappertutto (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Bogdanovitch (Die lustige Witwe), and Lovec (Rusalka). 

Mr. Baxter entered the European opera scene with performances in the Czech Republic singing Revírník (Příhody Lišky Bystroušky), Escamillo (Carmen), Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) with the European Music Academy in Teplice, and Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin) with Pilsen Opera.

Engagements in Germany include the roles of Le Dancaïre (Carmen), 2nd Bursche (Der Mond), Speaker/2nd Priest (Die Zauberflöte), and Goffredo (Rinaldo) at the Immling Festival, Mac (Menuchim’s Reise), Oberon (Ein Sommernachtstraum) with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Peter (Jesus Christ Superstar) with Landestheater Niederbayern. Sheldon recently made his Semperoper Dresden debut performing the roles of 3rd Trio Member (Trouble in Tahiti), and Oscar/Kit Kat Boy (Cabaret); he will reprise both roles in their 2018/19 season.

Upcoming roles are Killian (Der Freischütz) with Immling Festival, Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) with Szene12 in Dresden, and Party Guest (Bernstein à la carte) at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland.  

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti 3rd Trio Member Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden und Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Semperoper) 2019
Weber: Der Freischütz Kilian Festival Gut Immling 2018
Bizet: Carmen Dancaïre Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden Und Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (semperoper) 2018
Mozart: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Szene12 2018
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti 3rd Trio Member 24 hours Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden und Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Semperoper) 2017