Mario Lanza Tribute Concert

Biography

Mr. Bechtel appears regularly in the USA and in Europe. He was a featured artist at the International Malta Arts Festival.

The 2018-19 season includes role debuts as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. The season also sees him reprise one of his signature roles as Rodolfo in La Bohème as well as Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Later in the season he will be heard as the tenor soloist in Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ.

In the 2017/18 season he reprised one of his signature roles - Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte followed by Rodolfo in La Boheme.

In the 2016/17 season, Mr. Bechtel sang Jaquino and Tamino in Fidelio and Die Zauberflöte with Opera Seabrook.

In the 2015/16 season, Mr. Bechtel made his role debut as Alfred in Die Fledermaus with The Pennsylvania Lyric Opera.

He made a concert appearance in Hilton Head, South Carolina as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah.

In the 2014/15 season, Mr. Bechtel made his role debuts as Tamino and Camille in Die Zauberflöte and Merry Widow with The Pennsylvania Lyric Opera.

Mr. Bechtel has appeared as a soloist with such opera companies and orchestras in the USA as Opera Seabrook, Delphi Opera, The Pennsylvania Lyric Opera, The Peabody Opera, The Maryland Concert Opera, The ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, The Opera Lancaster, The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, The Peabody Concert Orchestra, The Oxford Summer Institutes Festival Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra.

Some of his operatic roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La Traviata, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Fenton in Falstaff, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rodolfo in La Boheme, and Camille in Die Lustige Witwe. Mr. Bechtel frequently appears as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem as well as Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass.

Mr. Bechtel was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. At the age of eight, he started his singing career in the professional boy choir of St. Luke’s Episcopal church. As a student, Mr. Bechtel was honored with a merit scholarship from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he was the star pupil of legendary bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. In addition to his studies at the Peabody Conservatory, he was also the recipient of the A. J. Fletcher Music Scholarship from the Brevard Music Center.

Mr. Bechtel is currently the tenor soloist at UCC Christ Church in Norristown, Pa.

You can download a copy of Mr. Bechtel's biography here.

You can download a copy of Mr. Bechtel's vitae here.