La calunnia: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Gioachino Rossini)
Jeremy Harr, bass
Jenny Choo, pianist
Praised for his “superb vocal talent, versatility, dramatic ability, and commanding stage presence” (onStage Pittsburgh), Bass Jeremy Harr is emerging as an exciting young talent to watch. In the summer of 2022, Mr. Harr returned to Opera Saratoga to perform Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and cover the Bass solo in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and joined the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra to sing the Bass solo in Beethoven's Mass in C. In 2022-2023, Mr. Harr makes his debut with Finger Lakes Opera as Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, joins Pacific Northwest Opera to sing Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, and joins Virginia Opera to sing the Police Sergeant and cover the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, perform Potter’s Assistant/Bookseller/Party Guest/Technician/French Priest in Fellow Travelers, and sing Dottore Grenvil in La traviata.
In his 2021-2022 season, Mr. Harr completed a second year as a resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera, where he sang the Speaker and covered Sarastro in The Magic Flute, performed Zuniga in Carmen, and showed a "smooth, resonant bass” and a “deliciously dastardly” portrayal as The Brother in David Hetzberg’s The Rose Elf (onStage Pittsburgh). He also made his debuts with the Berkshire Opera Festival as Pistola in Falstaff and with Opera NexGen as Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte. His summer 2021 season involved his return to Wolf Trap Opera where he performed Mr. Fogg and covered Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and covered Death in Holst’s Sāvitri.
In 2020-2021, Mr. Harr sang Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte and Cadmus/Somnus in Semele with Pittsburgh Opera during his first year as a resident artist. He also returned to Wolf Trap Opera for a second year, where he was seen as Benoit/Alcindoro in video excerpts of La bohème, and covered Gremin in video excerpts of Eugene Onegin.
In Mr. Harr’s 2019-2020 season, he made his debut with the Washington Opera Society singing Ramfis in Aida. He joined Wolf Trap Opera to perform the Lackey in Ariadne auf Naxos, sing the Officer and cover Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and cover Death in Der Kaiser von Atlantis. He also completed his final year at the Maryland Opera Studio, where he sang Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, the Badger/Parson/Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, King of Scotland in Ariodante, Jimmy in Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, and Jibril in Hajar.
Mr. Harr also joined Opera Saratoga in the summer of 2018, covering the House Quartet Bass in Rocking Horse Winner and Mr. Kofner/Assan in The Consul.
In 2022, Mr. Harr was a Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, and won third place in the Mid-Atlantic region of the 2020 Laffont Competition, formerly known as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from University of Maryland Opera Studio, and a Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as well as a BA in Theater (Acting) and a minor in Politics from Oberlin College.