American Bass-Baritone Cody Quattlebaum, commended by Opera News as “…a powerhouse, commanding of presence, virile of sound, and articulate even in the swiftest exchanges”, is earning a reputation as a unique and captivating interpreter of opera, song, and oratorio.
Cody recently made his debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Schriftsteller, the antagonist in the world premiere of Der Traum von Dir, and later appeared as Larkens in Barrie Kosky’s celebrated production of La Fanciulla del West. He will return to close the 17/18 season as Zuniga in Carmen.
After being named a finalist in the first annual Glyndebourne Cup, Cody made his London debut as Jesus and the bass soloist in Johannes passion alongside James Gilchrist, at Barbican Hall with the Academy of Ancient Music. He will return in 2019 to perform Händel’s Brockespassion, lead by Maestro Egarr.
Cody also recently made his German debut at the Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen, appearing as Segeste in Handel’s Arminio and as the Bass soloist in the Dettingen Te Deum, under Maestro Laurence Cummings.
In the previous season, Cody performed the title role of Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear at the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, and Claudio in Agrippina at The Juilliard School.
Other notable operatic performances include Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte during his first year with the Merola Program, the Colonel in a premier workshop of Daniel Catán’s Meet John Doe with Cincinnati Opera as a part of the Opera Fusion initiative, and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at College Conservatory of Music.
Cody was a finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council competition and the recipient of a Sara Tucker grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, as well as a Novick Career Advancement grant. He has also received awards from the George London foundation, Connecticut Alliance of Music, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Index, and James Toland Vocal Arts.
As a concert soloist and recitalist, Cody has appeared in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Alhambra in Granada, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln center, and the Taube Atrium at the Wilsey Center for Opera in San Francisco.
Cody was the featured bass soloist in the premiere recording of Douglas Knehans’ Symbolum Apostolorum under the Ablaze Records label.
Cody joined the Dutch National Opera studio in 18/19 and will appear in a new production of Tannhäuser directed by Christof Loy, a revival of Il Matrimonio Segreto, and will be featured in the world premier of Caruso a Cuba.
He received his Master of Music at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Marlena Malas. He also studied voice with Kenneth Shaw at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music. Cody is a native of Ellicott City, Maryland, where he was offered boundless encouragement to pursue the arts by a dedicated team of public educators in the Howard County school system.