Tenor Noah Baetge is a frequent artist on the Metropolitan Opera roster and will mark his sixth season with the company. During the 2016-2017 season, he will perform the roles of the High Priest in Idomeneo, First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, and Third Jew in Salome. His responsibilities extend to covering the roles of Melot in Tristan und Isolde and the title role of Idomeneo.
In 2017 Mr. Baetge begins a rewarding relationship with Vashon Opera, with whom he is slated to make three role debuts: Cavaradossi in Tosca (spring 2017), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (autumn 2017), and the title role of Les contes d'Hoffmann (2018). He makes his debut with the Princeton Festival as Florestan in Fidelio in the summer of 2017, and joins the roster of Dallas Opera in February of 2018 to cover the leading tenor role of Wilhelm in Korngold's rarely performed domestic comedy Der Ring des Polykrates. In the spring of 2018, Mr. Baetge makes yet another Puccini role debut as Calaf in Skagit Opera's production of Turandot.
Highlights of the 2015-2016 season, a particularly brilliant one for Mr. Baetge, includes his appearances under the auspices of the Caramoor Music Festival. He joined the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Collegiate Chorale in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Festival's 75th Opening Night and immediately thereafter performed the role of the Chevalier de la Force in Caramoor's production of Dialogues des Carmélites. He went on to perform Walther von der Vogelweide in the Metropolitan Opera's Tannhäuser, his most substantial MET role to date.
Mr. Baetge has joined the rosters of Santa Fe Opera as Remendado in Carmen and covered Florestan in Fidelio, the Opera Orchestra of New York as Arvino in Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata, and recently made his role debut as Manrico in Il trovatore with New Rochelle Opera.
An alumnus of several distinguished young artist residencies, Mr. Baetge has joined the Caramoor Music Festival as the Royal Herald in Don Carlos (1883 four-act version in French), covered Henri in Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes and Baldassare in the American premiere of Rossini's early opera Ciro in Babilonia. He sang in Pittsburgh Opera's The Rape of Lucretia as the Male Chorus and Remendado in Carmen. With Seattle Opera as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Fenton in Falstaff, and Don José in La tragédie de Carmen, and Music Academy of the West as Rodolfo in La bohème.
As a concert soloist, Mr. Baetge has performed Bruckner's Te Deum with the Spoleto Festival USA and the St. Cecilia Chorus & Orchestra, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Allentown Symphony and Peninsula Music Festival, and Mozart's Requiem with Symphoria (Syracuse, NY) and Stamford Symphony. As a frequent soloist for the Verdi Requiem, he has appeared with the Fort Wayne Symphony, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Monmonth Civic Chorus, Erie Philharmonic, and the St. Cecilia Chorus & Orchestra on on the occasion of his Carnegie Hall debut. In the spring of 2017 he reprises Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City at the Recital Hall of SUNY Purchase under the baton of Justin Bischof.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Baetge earned his Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from the Juilliard School, where he graduated with the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Pacific Luther University where he was awarded the Mary Baker Russell Music Scholarship for merit. A 2009 Grant Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Baetge has gained both the first prize and the Upcoming Wagner Singer prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, the Kirsten Flagstad top prize in the George London Foundation Vocal Competition, and prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Loren L. Zachary Foundtaion.