Jesse Blumberg is an artist equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21stcenturies. His 2014-2015 season included a European concert tour of Niobe, Regina di Tebe with Boston Early Music Festival, debuts with Atlanta Opera as Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Anthony in Sweeney Todd. In 2013-2014 he debuted with Kentucky Opera as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette and with Opera Omnia in the title role of The Return of Ulysses, and returned to Minnesota Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute. In 2015-2016 Jesse will perform Messiah at both the National Cathedral and with American Bach Soloists, St. John Passion with Apollo’s Fire, Bach cantatas with Montreal Baroque, and The Merry Widow at Boston Lyric Opera.
Jesse’s other role highlights include The Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass at London’s Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Marin Alsop, Mr. Lockwood in Wuthering Heights at Minnesota Opera, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Boston Lyric Opera, The Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the title role in The Return of Ulysses with Opera Omnia. In 2007 he created the role of Connie Rivers in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, and later made his Utah and Pittsburgh Opera debuts in the same production. The next year he gave the world premiere of Gordon’s Green Sneakers with the Miami String Quartet at the Vail Valley Music Festival, and recently performed the work’s New York premiere as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. His other premieres have included Lisa Bielawa’s The Lay of the Love and Death, Conrad Cummings’ Positions 1956, and Tom Cipullo’s Excelsior. He also works closely with several other renowned composers as a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble.
Since 2009, Jesse has enjoyed a fruitful association with Boston Early Music Festival, in concert, opera, and recording. His roles with BEMF have included Adonis in Venus and Adonis, Mercurio in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Poliferno in Niobe, Regina di Tebe, Apollo and Pluton in La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, and Tracollo in Livietta e Tracollo. He has been a featured soloist with several other early music ensembles, including American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, Pegasus Early Music, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Clarion Society, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Green Mountain Project, and Pacific MusicWorks.
Other recent engagements include debut appearances with the New York Festival of Song, recitals in Paris, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall. His oratorio performances have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, St. John Passion with Boston Baroque and Berkshire Choral Festival,Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony and with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, and Bloch’s Sacred Service at the Colorado Music Festival. As a member of the roster of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Jesse performed an On Wings of Song recital with pianist Martin Katz, and since then they have partnered regularly in recital, especially in the major song cycles of Schubert.…
Jesse has been featured on a dozen commercial recordings (visit www.jesseblumberg.com/media for more information), including the 2014 Grammy-winning Charpentier Chamber Operas from Boston Early Music Festival He has been recognized in several competitions, and was awarded Third Prize at the 2008 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, becoming its first American prizewinner in over thirty years. In 2007 he took first prizes in the International Hilde Zadek Singing Competition in Vienna and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition. Jesse participated in young artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Opera Theater. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 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 in New York City.