Paul Houghtaling

Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone and stage director, has sung a diverse repertoire throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was last seen with Mississippi Opera in The Hilarious World of Gilbert & Sullivan and was Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Mississippi Opera in 2016, a role he has performed with Opera Saratoga, Natchez Opera, Anchorage Opera, and the National Savoyards, and returned as the Major General in last season’s The Pirates of Penzance.  Other career highlights include the soundtrack to Reggio’s film Naqoyqatsi for SONY; several Carnegie Hall solo appearances with Cecelia Chorus of New York, American Composers Orchestra, and others; U.S. tours with the Waverly Consort, including Kennedy Center appearances; European tours as Papageno with Teatro Lirico d'Europa; “Opera  Buffa: Comedy On Stage” on Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artists” series; and all of the major works of Bach with ensembles across the country. He has appeared with Nashville Opera as Sir Joseph in H.M.S. Pinafore and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as stage director for The Gondoliers. In 2017, Houghtaling made an acclaimed debut with Opera Birmingham as Dulcamara in L’elisir d’Amore and directed Handel’s Alcina for Red River Lyric Opera in Texas, where he has returned to direct H.M.S. Pinafore and La Cenerentola. He has also appeared with the Baltimore, Boston Lyric, Knoxville, Long Beach, and Santa Fe Operas, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild among others, and has created roles in Glass’s The Witches of Venice (recorded for Euphorbia) and Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest with Des Moines Metro Opera.  Dr. Houghtaling holds the D.M.A. degree from the City University of New York and is currently President of the National Opera Associate (NOA) and Professor of Music and Director of Opera at the University of Alabama.