Bass Tyler Putnam, possessing a voice described as “robust and resonant” by TheaterMania, and deemed as “compelling” by The Huffington Post, Mr. Putnam is quickly gaining international recognition. His 2018 engagements include Sparafucile RIGOLETTO with Gulfshore Opera, Colline LA BOHEME with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Salt Marsh Opera, Commendatore DON GIOVANNI with Divaria Productions NYC and Araldo and Sicario MACBETH with Opera Tampa.
His 2017 credits include Colline LA BOHEME with Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Zuniga CARMEN with Central City Opera, Masetto DON GIOVANNI with Opera Orlando, Dr. Miracle THE TALES OF HOFFMANN with Gulfshore Opera and Babayan FIGARO 90210 with Ragman Ventures LLC. Mr. Putnam had tremendous success with his Off-Broadway debut as the title-role in Carlisle Floyd’s MARKHEIM with The Little Opera Theatre of NY. Opera News called it “a superb performance in the title role, alternately self-serving, malevolent and tragic.” Opera Magazine deemed the performance a “standout.”
In 2016 Mr. Putnam played José Castro LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST with Opera Omaha as well as debuting the roles of Don Magnifico LA CENERENTOLA with Salt Marsh Opera, Luther Billis SOUTH PACIFIC with St Petersburg Opera, his Canadian debut as Pistola FALSTAFF with Manitoba Opera and Chief of Police EVANGELINE with the Longfellow Chorus.
Mr. Putnam returned to Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice artist the summer of 2015 where he sang the role of Thomas COLD MOUNTAIN and appeared in RIGOLETTO and SALOME. “Tyler Putnam sang with knowing power as the Second Soldier” – Opera Today. He also created the role of Kobun for the workshop of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS by Mason Bates, which received its premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 2017. Other roles that season included Bartolo FIGARO 90210 with Dartmouth College, Sarastro THE MAGIC FLUTE with both Raylynmor and Salt Marsh Operas, the Imperial Commissioner MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Salt Marsh Opera, the Monk DON CARLOS with Sarasota Opera and a debut with the Omaha Symphony as the bass soloist in Dvořák Stabat Mater and Handel Messiah.
In 2014 he covered the role of Rocco FIDELIO at Santa Fe and sang Ceprano RIGOLETTO with Opera Omaha. He garnered critical reviews in the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s MARKHEIM with Little Opera Theatre of NY: “Bass Tyler Putnam gave a superb performance in the title role, alternately self-serving, malevolent and tragic. MARKHEIM is something of a tour de force for bass and Putnam proved more than up to the task” – Opera News. Mr. Putnam also joined Sarasota Opera as a Studio Artist covering Ferrando IL TROVATORE, Don Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and the Papal Legate in Verdi’s JÉRUSALEM. He also ventured into the New York “indie opera” scene singing the role of Mr. B in Yoav Gal’s new opera THE DWARF directed by Doug Fitch.
Other performances include Raimondo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Opera North USA as well as portraying the comic Luther Billis SOUTH PACIFIC. Mr. Putnam has appeared with Gotham Chamber Opera covering Nerbulone in Cavalli’s ELIOGABOLO. Other roles in NYC include a concert version of Verdi’s ERNANI and covering the Commendatore for The Juilliard School’s graduate production of DON GIOVANNI directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Gary Thor Wedow.
In the summer of 2011 Mr. Putnam made his European debut singing a recital with Concerti in Monte Argentario in Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. No stranger to musical theater, Mr. Putnam has performed Macheath THE THREEPENNY OPERA with the Princeton Festival and at the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, Kodaly SHE LOVES ME, Evelyn Oakleigh ANYTHING GOES and Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS. Other musical theater experience includes Terry Connor SIDE SHOW, Mr. Mushnik LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Young Joe DAMN YANKEES, Pangloss CANDIDE and Harold Hill THE MUSIC MAN.
Mr. Putnam has won prizes from the Sullivan Foundation (Career Development Grant 2014), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Boston District winner 2011), and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges (Top Prize 2012 and 2013). Mr. Putnam grew up on Chebeague Island, Maine and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.