Jarrod Lee, Alabamian, joins the company as both an accomplished opera singer (Bass-Baritone) and librettist, his writing rooted in the experience of being Black, gay, and American. Lee presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
His performances have received rave reviews from Maryland Theatre, Opera News, and The Washington Post. Last season Jarrod made a Metropolitan Opera debut as one of the featured soloists in Porgy and Bess and a role debut as the Undertaker in the same opera with Atlanta Opera. Past roles include: Elviro in Tale of Serse with the In Series, Angelotti in Tosca with Annapolis Opera, Le Bailli in Werther with Opera Delaware. Jarrod has also collaborated and performed in community outreach works commissioned by Washington National Opera called In the Smoke of the Sting and Just out the Window by Tom Minter. Jarrod has been a finalist in the Annapolis Opera, the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competitions and a semifinalist in Austria’s Meistersinger. In new works, Jarrod premiered the role Levi in the Afro-Futuristic opera ballet called Cloud Nebula by Scott Patterson with Afro House Baltimore, and Joe Louis in Shadowboxer by Frank Proto with the Maryland Opera Studio. Jarrod has also participated in American Voices at the Kennedy Center, curated by Renée Fleming and had the honor of performing for President Barack Obama as a featured soloist with the historic Metropolitan A.M.E Church.
He serves the arts community as a project manager with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).
For updates: www.JarrodLee.com / Website and @Jarrodleebassbaritone / Facebook.