Paulo Szot was born in São Paulo and raised in Ribeirão Pires, Brazil. He began his musical training in piano at the age of five and later added violin and dance.
Paulo Szot Brazilian baritone
Szot studied at Jagiellonian University in Poland, the country from which his parents had emigrated following World War II. He began singing professionally in 1990 with the Polish National Song & Dance Ensemble “Slask”. He made his opera debut in a production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo in 1997. Since then, Mr. Szot has appeared with many major opera companies throughout the world both in Europe, the U.S., and in his native Brazil. He starred in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre and won
theTony Award, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critic’s Circle and the Theater World Awards for his portrayal of Emile De Beque in 2008 becoming the first Brazilian actor to receive such honors. About his performance in South Pacific, Ben Brantley of the New York Times said: “When he delivers ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ or ‘This Nearly Was Mine,’ it’s not as a swoon-making blockbuster (though of course it is), but as a measured and honest consideration of love.”
In the 2008-2009 season Mr. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli.
Paulo Szot continued to appear in South Pacific throughout the 2008/09/10season.
In 2010 he made his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of The Nose by Shostakovich conducted by Valery Gergiev. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra.
In 2011 Mr.Szot returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and made his Paris Opera debut at the Palais Garnier.
as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte and returned to Carnegie Hall in concert with Deborah Voigt and with the New York Pops.
He performed in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series and at the Cafe Carlyle in New York in a solo show “An Evening with Paulo Szot” in 2010, 2011 and 2012, acclaimed by critics and audience:
Cafe Carlyle NYTimesCafe Carlyle NYTimes 2012
In 2013 made his debut at Teatro di Roma and Alla Scala di Milano.
Back to New York, he was invited for a solo concert with The New York Philharmonic “An Evening with Paulo Szot”,
Presented also his new show twice at 54 Below and performed in two productions of The Metropolitan House: The Nose and Die Fledermaus.
Mr.Szot got a MAC Awards nomination for best celebrity show in 2013.