Baritone Jesse Blumberg is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages. Some of his recent engagements include Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s Mass at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and performances with the New York Festival of Song. He has performed roles at Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, and made concert appearances with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Charlotte Symphony, Apollo’s Fire, and the Vail Valley Music Festival. Jesse has toured with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Waverly Consort, and has given recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation. A very active performer of new music, he has premiered important works by Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Conrad Cummings, and Ricky Ian Gordon, and works closely with several other renowned composers as a new member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble.
Jesse’s 2012-2013 season includes debuts with New York City Opera, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Oratorio Society of NY, Pacific Musicworks, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. In addition, he will return to American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Mark Morris Dance Group, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and Boston Early Music Festival.
Jesse 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 received a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, received undergraduate degrees in History and Music from the University of Michigan, and participated in young artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Opera Theater. Jesse 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.