Paulo Szot was born and raised in Brazil, Mr. Szot made his opera debut 1997 and has appeared with many major opera companies throughout the world before starring in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre, earning him the Tony Award, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critic’s Circle and the Theater World Awards for his portrayal of Emile De Beque. In the 2008-2009 season Mr. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli. After making his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut, he also made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra. Mr. Szot has performed in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series and, in 2010 and 2011, at the Cafe Carlyle in New York.
• Stephen Holden, The New York Times: “The return engagement of Paulo Szot, the smoldering Polish-Brazilian baritone… is an encouraging example of an opera singer belatedly finding his pop mojo… Mr. Szot’s lady-killer aura (bedroom eyes, pencil-line mustache, flickering half-smile, loosened tie and the slightly tousled look of a lover emerging from an erotic tussle) is matched vocally by a much more persuasive emotional connection with his material.”
• Cabaret Scenes: “The dreamy-eyed, mustached singer seemed very casual in his approach, using a music stand when needed, as he oozed sexy flair on a variety of Latin rhythms after giving the audience what they hoped for — a Some Enchanted Evening’ opening and ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ closing.”
• Variety: “Brazilian operatic baritone Paulo Szot turned heads in New York with his performance in the smashing 2008 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, earning himself a lead actor Tony and more than enough fans to fill the Allen Room many times over. Those fortunate to score a ticket for his one-night-only Lincoln Center American Songbook concert were not disappointed; Szot’s voice and personality more than filled the soaring space.”