New York City based baritone Jeremy Hirsch, who recently “proved a compelling actor and singer” according to the Los Angeles Times, enjoys performing a wide range of opera, art song, and concert repertoire. Hirsch joined the Fire Island Opera Festival’s troupe for the East Coast premiere of Kurt Weill’s first opera Der Protagonist. The following year, he again teamed up with Fire Island Opera Festival, this time in Marfa, Texas, presenting a preview opening concert, a main stage concert: A Musical Tour through the Seven Chakras, and Walk Opera, a musical hike beginning at Mimm’s Ranch culminating in a meditative circle overlooking the West Texas mountains. Arts and Culture: Texas described how Hirsch “stood out among the performers” in the first night’s concert, and was “especially good at interacting with individuals at close quarters while singing”.
Some of Hirsch’s most valuable experiences as an artist involve new music. In 2016, Hirsch had the privilege of creating the title role in Felix Jarrar’s opera adaptation of the Edgar Allen Poe short story The Fall of the House of Usher. He created the leading role of Harlan Hubbard in Bard Vocal Arts Program’s world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s opera Payne Hollow. And during the 2012/13 season, he created the role of Dr. George Burkley in the world-premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem commissioned by the Baltimore-based troupe The Figaro Project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Hirsch regularly performs concerts and recitals across the country and in Canada. He was just a featured recitalist at Arizona State University, singing on an all Bethoven program. During the summer of 2015, he was one of two Colburn Fellows at Songfest in downtown Los Angeles, performing a joint recital as well as participating in various concerts and masterclasses. The following year, he returned to Songfest starring in Edwin Cahill’s production of The Hollywood Songbook by Hanns Eisler, also appearing in numerous concerts and masterclasses. He has been a guest artist at Northwestern University, performing excerpts from Shawn Jaeger’s Payne Hollow, and was seen in recital at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York in a concert highlighting cultural diversity in American song. In 2013, he joined the Washington D.C. Embassy Series, performing a program of songs and arias at the Romanian Embassy. Most recently, he was an Art Song Fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
Recently on the concert stage, Hirsch sang Adam in Haydn’s The Creation, with the American Symphony Orchestra led by maestro Leon Botstein. Other concert performances include Haman in Handel’s Esther, and a program of Handel and Bach with the Albany Symphony streamed live from Troy Music Hall on Classical WHMT-FM. During the 2016/17 season, Hirsch is the Encore Young Artist bass soloist with the New Jersey-based choral society Ars Musica. Concerts include Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Waldpurgisnacht, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.
Hirsch is a graduate of soprano Dawn Upshaw’s Bard Vocal Arts Program and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in voice studying with William Sharp and a minor in English from Johns Hopkins University. He currently studies with baritone Sanford Sylvan. When not singing, Hirsch enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and watching live comedy.