New York City-based countertenor Jordan Rutter enjoys a career embracing opera, concert repertoire, and contemporary work. Last season, Mr. Rutter made his joint company and role debut with Chicago Opera Theater as the principal character of Doodle in Stefan Weisman and David Coté's critically acclaimed The Scarlet Ibis in the work's 2019 Chicago premiere and rejoined American Opera Projects and NYU for their Opera Writing Workshop performing the roles of Rubes in The Community (Cummines / Greenberg) and Kenny in Outside (Blaskie / Christenfeld). Additional recent highlights of his work include his long association with Three Way (Paterson / Coté), which he workshopped with American Opera Projects in 2016 and which he performed in the work's world premiere full production at Nashville Opera and the New York premiere, with the American Modern Ensemble, at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Mr. Rutter also joined the American Modern Ensemble for his Merkin Hall debut in April 2017, performing excerpts from Three Way in concert, as well as for the work's world premiere recording. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Rutter will join the roster of On Site Opera as he sings the role of Miles in The Turn of the Screw, workshops the role of Lola in Legendary with American Opera Projects, joins The Collegiate Singers as the alto soloist in Messiah and sings a holiday concert of 17th Century Music with La Fiocco.
Dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, in 2017 Mr. Rutter joined InTandem Lab and Paracademia for a workshop of Hybrid Suites no. 2: The Carmen Variations (Paranosic / Cardenas) at HERE Arts Center. He worked with students and alumni of NYU Tisch School of the Arts to develop and perform five short operas inspired by Judy Chicago's art installation The Dinner Party. He has also worked with American Opera Projects to develop and create the roles of Lola (Legendary, Rubinstein / Kim), Kyle (Three Way), and the title role of Ashima (Jing Jing Luo). In March 2017, Mr. Rutter reprised the role of Lola in American Opera Projects' public opera-in-development workshop performance of Legendary. In the 2015–2016 season, Mr. Rutter performed the world premiere of the chamber cantata Lay By (Grana / Rummel) for countertenor, violin, cello, and clarinet.
In the classical repertoire, Mr. Rutter joined New York City's operamission throughout the 2016–2017 season as co-curator and performer in 53rd Street Handel: a monthly series of original pastiches built upon scenes from twenty-one of Handel's operas. He made his debut with Opera at Rutgers during the spring of 2017 in a rare performance of John Blow's Venus and Adonis, staged by Dietlinde Turban Maazel and accompanied by an ensemble of period instruments. Mr. Rutter has also made his off-Broadway debut with Origin Theatre Company, curating and performing musical intermezzi of Lieder for the 2016 American premiere of Lot Vekemans' POISON. During the 2015–2016 season, Mr. Rutter participated in the MET LiveArts installation of Mingwei Lee’s Sonic Blossom, performing Schubert Lieder in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. In 2017, Mr. Rutter became the first countertenor to perform all four volumes of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein’s Cabaret Songs in recital at the Duplex Cabaret Theater in New York City.
Additional highlights of Mr. Rutter's operatic activity include Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Opera on the Avalon, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the role of Le fils de Macduff in the American French-language premiere of Ernest Bloch's Macbeth, a performance which earned Mr. Rutter praise from both Opera News and Gay City News.
Mr. Rutter's oratorio credits include Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. He has also performed the cantata for alto solo Bach’s Geist und Seele wird verwirret BWV 35 and Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos. In February 2017, Mr. Rutter joined the Academy of Sacred Drama for a reading of Scarlatti's La Giuditta, in which he made his role debut as Oloferne (Holofernes).
Mr. Rutter holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and University of North Florida.