Jesse Blumberg (baritone) is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 21st century. His performances have included the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Agostino Steffani’s 17th-century opera Niobe, Regina di Tebe at the Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and appearances with New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. Recital highlights include appearances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and New York Festival of Song, and performances of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with pianist Martin Katz.
He has performed major works with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Oratorio Society of New York, Apollo’s Fire, Berkshire Choral Festival, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and on Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Additionally, he has given the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers, Lisa Bielawa’s The Lay of the Love and Death, Conrad Cummings’ Positions 1956, and Tom Cipullo’s Excelsior, and has collaborated with several other renowned composers as a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble. In the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Blumberg returns to Boston Early Music Festival in November for Pergolesi chamber operas, and in January for a European concert tour of Niobe, Regina di Tebe. He will also return to American Bach Soloists, Boston Baroque, and Apollo’s Fire, and will make debuts in the spring with Hawaii Opera Theatre and Atlanta Opera.
His 2013-2014 season included debuts with Kentucky Opera, Opera Omnia, and Boston Baroque, and a return to Minnesota Opera for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Blumberg’s extraordinary singing has been recognized in several competitions, and he was awarded Third Prize at the 2008 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, becoming its first American prizewinner in over thirty years. He received a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and received undergraduate degrees in History and Music from the University of Michigan. He is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, which brings chamber music of many genres to every corner of New York City.