Young, American baritone Jarrett Ott was recently named one of twenty-five “Rising Stars” by Opera News, who described his voice in Cold Mountain as having an, “often ravishing, airy vocal finish…he brought the testing role not only lovely, Pelléas-like sound but a deep investment in the words.” In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Ott will make his major European opera debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin singing the role of the Angel in Andrea Scartazzini’s world premiere work Edward II, directed by Christoph Loy, and embark on a European tour with Perm Opera and Music Aeterna as Don Pedro de Alvorado in a concert version of Purcell’s Indian Queen, with stops in Geneva, Köln, Bremen and Dortmund. In North America, Mr. Ott will make three important role debuts: as Curly in Oklahoma! with Glimmerglass Festival, as Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Memphis, and Zurga in Pearl Fisher’s with North Carolina Opera. Concert engagements include debuts with Colorado Springs Philharmonic in Carmina Burana, a holiday concert with the Lexington Philharmonic and with the New York Choral Society in a world premiere at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
In the 2015-16 season, Jarrett performed W.P. Inman in the East Coast premiere of Cold Mountain with Opera Philadelphia as well as the Marchese D’Obigny in La Traviata. He made his European concert debut with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, performing pieces by Vito Zuraj and Bach, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. Other role debuts included The Count in Strauss’ Capriccio, a co-production with Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Opera Theatre, Masetto in Don Giovanni with The Santa Fe Opera, as well as the Center for Contemporary Opera in Kenneth Fuchs’ Falling Man at Symphony Space in New York City. On the concert stage, he presented several recitals in North America under the auspices of The Brooklyn Art Song Society and appeared as a soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall.
Jarrett Ott recently made professional debuts with Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Philadelphia, The American Symphony Orchestra, and Annapolis Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has been featured in lead baritone roles for the Curtis Opera Theatre including Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gregor Mittenhoffer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, Harašta inJanáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Le Mari in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Jarrett was a participant at the Chautauqua Institution for the 2009-12 seasons with leading roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva), L’elisir d’amore (Belcore), The Crucible (John Proctor), and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. In the summer of 2015, he was part of Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program, singing Marullo in Rigoletto and covering Inman in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain.
An avid recitalist and concert artist, Mr. Ott spent two seasons as a young artist at Marlboro Music and has made debuts with the New York Choral Society and the Bucks County Choral Society. He is a frequent soloist with Philadelphia’s LyricFest, and in the fall of 2011 he traveled to both China and South Korea with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra.
In 2016, Jarrett received third-place in the Zachary Competition finals, held in Los Angeles. He has also been a competition finalist in the George London Foundation and a semi-finalist in the McCammon Voice Competition. He is a Third Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and received a grant from The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. He advanced to the Regional auditions in Washington D.C. after winning the Philadelphia District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Most recently, he was granted a Career Development Award from the Sullivan Foundation.
Jarrett Ott is based in New York City and received his master’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with baritone Randall Scarlata, as well as Marlena Kleinman Malas.
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