OPERA BIO

Frank Pitts, an American bass known for his distinctive, booming voice and consummate musicianship has enjoyed a full and active 2018/2019 season.  The predominant focuses were his performances as The Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Reverend Hale in The Crucible, all with the prestigious Berlin Opera Academy in Germany.  In May 2019, Mr. Pitts performed as The Peach Checker in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath under the baton of Michael Christie. Upcoming in 2020, Mr. Pitts will return to Michigan Opera Theater as Simone in Gianni Schicchi.

Having performed numerous times as featured solo artist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Pitts’ basso profundo was especially noteworthy in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Teatro Colon’s Maestro Enrique Demieck. While participating in the renowned AIMS program in Graz, Austria, Mr. Pitts performed as bass soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other favored oratorio works to his credit include the Verdi Requiem, Hayden’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah. Also of note was his outstanding appearance as bass soloist in the beloved Hanukkah Lights for the Flint Symphony Orchestra’s televised “ABC 12 Holiday Pops” in 2017.

Equally successful in both opera and musical theater, Mr. Pitts has performed roles ranging from Don Bartolo in The Barber of Seville and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado to Pulitzer in Newsies and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Also in demand for voice-over work, the bass has served in such capacity as God in Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Grinch in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and other deep bass-speaking roles in musical theater.

Also in demand for his excellence and versatility on the piano as well as his fine conducting ability, Frank Pitts predominantly resides in Flint, Michigan and studies voice with Nada Radakovich.

AUDIO / VIDEO

O Isis und Osiris / DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (W. A. Mozart)

Deep River (arranged by Moses Hogan)

RESUME

OPERA/MUSICAL THEATER 2020
Simone Gianni Schicchi Michigan Opera Theatre
2019
Commendatore Don Giovanni Berlin Opera Academy
Reverend John Hale The Crucible Berlin Opera Academy
Peach Checker/Cop The Grapes of Wrath Michigan Opera Theatre
Joseph Pulitzer Newsies Athens Theater Company
2018
Chorus Eugene Onegin Michigan Opera Theatre
2017
Edna Turnblad Hairspray Flint Schools Summer Theatre
2016
Don Bartolo The Barber of Seville Ann Arbor Comic Opera
Drunken Sailor HMS Pinafore Kearsley Park Players (Flint)
2015
Pooh-Bah The Mikado Kearsley Park Players (Flint)
Simone Gianni Schicchi Flint Institute of Music
Edna Turnblad Hairspray Athens Theatre Company (Troy)
2013
Audrey II Little Shop of Horrors University of Michigan-Flint
Guard La Boheme Michigan Opera Theatre
Antonio Le Nozze di Figaro Michigan Opera Theatre
2012
Count Ceprano Rigoletto Michigan Opera Theatre
Fifth Jew Salome Michigan Opera Theatre
CONCERT/ORATORIO
Pro Peccatis Stabat Mater (Rossini) AIMS Festival Orchestra / 2018
Serenade to Music Ralph Vaughan Williams Flint Symphony Orchestra / 2018
Bass Soloist The Creation (Haydn) Ward Presbyterian Church (Flint) / 2018
Guest Artist Holiday Pops Concert Flint Symphony Orchestra / 2017
Solo Recital A Tribute to Jerome Hines St. Paul’s Music Series (Flint) / 2017
Bass Soloist Requiem (Mozart) University of Michigan-Flint / 2010
Bass Soloist Messiah (Handel) FSO/Grand Blanc/Orchard Lake / Various
Bass Soloist Requiem (Faure) International Symphony Sarnia, Canada / 2001

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Berlin Opera Academy Opera Program Participant Berlin, Germany / 2019
American Institute of Musical Studies Opera Program Participant Graz, Austria / 2018
Graduate Studies Vocal Performance Oakland University / 1999
Young Artist Program Apprentice Artist Michigan Opera Theatre / 1997-1998
Bachelor of Arts Degree Music/Vocal Performance Harding University / 1994

CAREER INFLUENCES

Conductors:  Marzio Conti, Klaus Donath, Peter Leonard, Kevin Class

Voice Teachers:  Nada Radakovich, Kevin Langan, Marc Embree, Gustavo Halley, Mark Sampson, Dominic Barberi, Mark Pinzow, Suzanne Acton

Master Classes:  Linda Watson, Lorraine DiSimone, Richard Fracker, Peter Volpe

Special Skills:  Professional Pianist, Music Director/Conductor