Style: Opera; Classical
Bio: Having been one of the most requested bass-baritones in the U.S. during his most active years, Mr. Wentzel has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, Theatre of St. Louis, Florida Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, San Diego Opera, and Washington Opera, in such roles as Don Giovanni, Leporello, Figaro, Basilio, Colline, Méphistophélès, Escamillo, Olin Blitch, and Banquo. A popular concert singer and recitalist, he appeared regularly with major symphony orchestras including the Boston Symphony and the National Symphony. During the summer of 2006 Mr. Wentzel appeared in the world premier of Stephen Hartke's The Greater Good at Glimmerglass Opera. The production has been recorded on the Naxos Era label. He also recorded Berlioz' L'Enfance du Christ with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony on the Decca label. Mr. Wentzel's other recordings include the Dvorák Te Deum with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the Koss label, and the role of Godoy in Menotti's Goya, recorded live at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, on the Nuova Era label.
Mr. Wentzel is a Professor of Voice at the University of Tennessee where he performs the National Anthem at all home football games. He serves as the Administrator of the Knoxville Opera Studio and is the chair of the Artistic Committee of the Knoxville Opera where serves as an Honorary Director. He has regularly served as an adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Mr. Wentzel has served on the artistic staff as the vocal instructor of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center since 2013.
Voice Type: Bass-Baritone
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I accept students through a college or university program