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Harry Baechtel
Harry Baechtel

Classical Voice Professor

Office: LH 345B
baechtel@pdx.edu | 503.725.3153 

Northern California native Harry Baechtel enjoys a wide-ranging career in the vocal arts.  An advocate for new music, he created the role of Adam, a returned war veteran struggling with PTSD, in Ethan Gans-Morse’ contemporary opera/oratorio The Canticle of the Black Madonna.  He also has extensive experience in the standard operatic and oratorio repertoire.  Praised for his “mellifluous” baritone, he recently appeared with Eugene Opera as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.  His operatic roles include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Prince Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), Schaunard (La boheme), and Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) with companies such as the Boston Lyric Opera, The Berkshire Opera, Eugene Opera, Intermezzo Opera, and The New Opera.  He has performed as baritone soloist in a broad spectrum of the oratorio repertory including the Fauré Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, Finzi’s In terra pax, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Schubert’s Mass in G-major, Bach’s B-minor Mass, and Vaughan Williams’ Hodie and the Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

Dr. Baechtel holds a particular passion for performing art songs.  An active recitalist, in addition to concerts this year at Portland’s Lincoln Recital Hall, the University of Puget Sound and on Marin Baroque’s bay area concert series, he recently sang Mahler’s orchestral Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in Portland’s famous rock and roll venue, The Crystal Ballroom.  He has sung with organizations such as Boston Baroque, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart players, the Southwest Washington Symphony Orchestra, and the Salem Festival Chorale.  Dr. Baechtel released a recording of music by Gabriel Fauré from the 1890s this year with Sylvestris Quartet and pianist Dr. Michael Seregow on period instruments, including an 1869 Érard straight-strung piano, and will record works by Schumann and Spohr this Summer with an early 19th century Grafendorfer fortepiano.  

Dr. Baechtel holds an M.M. in voice performance from Northwestern University, having worked with the esteemed baritones Sherrill Milnes and William Warfield, and a performer’s certificate from Boston University’s Opera Institute.  Upon the completion of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oregon in voice and musicology he was the sole recipient of the Award of Excellence as a graduate teaching fellow in the areas of studio, performance, and ensemble teaching, and also received the Outstanding Graduate Performer in Music Award. His doctoral research delves into a cultural analysis of the fascinating and complex relationship between Gustav Mahler, his musical settings in the German folk idiom, and the early nineteenth-century folk poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  Dr. Baechtel is currently an assistant professor of voice at Portland State University, and is a regular performer of the national anthem for the Portland Trailblazers.