Timothy Madden, Bethune/Vaudemont (cover)
Bass-baritone Timothy Madden, hailed by the Chicago Stage Standard as "endlessly fun, full-voiced, totally physicalized," has been especially praised for his work in comedic roles. He gave "an excellent comic performance"in his debut as Sir Despard in Theater at Monmouth's Ruddigore (David A. Sargent, Sun Journal), and Meizhu Lui of Big Island Music Magazine applauded his "impressive physical comedy skills" and "rich bass-baritone" in Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The 2020 season includes performances as Superintendent Budd in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring as a guest artist with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Smudge in the musical Forever Plaid with Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City, Missouri. In the summer, he joins Opera Saratoga as a Festival Artist and will sing Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance while covering Elder/Administrator in Sky on Swings.
In the summer of 2019, Timothy joined the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival as a professional fellow, singing Nick Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was a semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition in October of 2019.
Timothy joined Des Moines Metro Opera as a member of their apprentice artist program for the summer of 2018. In addition to concerts and scenes performances, he covered Grandpa Moss in Copland's The Tender Land, presented as part of DMMO's Second Stage series and sang with his fellow young artists in the choruses for Die Fledermaus and Rusalka. He performed as Figaro, the French general, Pistola, and Pangloss in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro, Silent Night, Falstaff, and Candide. He also sang Raimondo and Antonio with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra in selections from Lucia di Lammermoor and Le nozze di Figaro for DMMO's annual, Stars of Tomorrow concert.
Following his time with DMMO, Timothy returned to Opera Steamboat as an emerging artist to perform Masetto in Don Giovanni under the baton of Maestro Andres Cladera.
Timothy has performed educational outreach tours for Des Moines Metro Opera and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. In 2018, he toured Iowa communities as part of Opera Iowa's spring tour singing Doctor Bartolo in an English language version of The Barber of Seville and the Trouble Man and Narrator in John Davies' rendition of Jack and the Beanstalk using the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan. In 2017, he performed scenes, arias, and an abbreviated version of Pirates of Penzance in communities across North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as a Gate City Bank Young Artist with Fargo-Moorhead Opera.
In November of 2017, Timothy made his New York City debut with ARE Opera as Simone in Puccini's family drama, Gianni Schicchi. Voce di Meche described his “deeply resonant bass-baritone” as "just right for the role of Simone, the eldest and the wisest among the family." He made his company debut with Opera Omaha as Urizen in the world premier of Stranger from Paradise in spring of 2017.
Timothy has recently made company and role debuts with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Musical Theater Heritage, Opera Steamboat, and Opera Omaha. He has been heard on the concert stage as the bass soloist in Handel's Dixit Dominus, Bach's G Minor Mass, and Puccini's Messa di Gloria. In June of 2016, he was awarded 2nd Place in Tier II of the James Toland Vocal Arts' 3rd annual competition and in December of the same year he received the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Friends of Opera Developing Artist Award in the Nebraska district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
As a young artist, Timothy has sung Samuel in Fargo-Moorhead Opera's production of The Pirates of Penzance, covered the role of Orbazzano in Rossini's Tancredi with Opera Southwest and performed the Marchese d'Obigny in La traviata with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. He also performed and covered multiple roles in Candide, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Florencia en al Amazonas with Steamboat Opera in both mainstage productions and as a part of their Young Artist Institute.
Timothy's theatrical interests include stage directing and conducting. In 2019, he served as the stage and music director for Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury as part of Landlocked Opera's inaugural season. Previously, he has directed Amahl and the Night Visitors and Die Zauberflöte at the University of Nebraska and assistant directed Albert Herring. He also served as conductor for Amahl and the Night Visitors and Die Zauberflöte in addition to serving as the rehearsal conductor for Albert Herring.