Bass-baritone Jeremy Hirsch, a “compelling actor and singer” (Los Angeles Times), performs mostly new and classical opera, art song, and concert repertoire.
Hirsch has created numerous leading operatic roles including Arnold in William Antoniou and Eamon Farrell's Anathema: The Turing Opera at National Sawdust, a few lead roles in a triple bill of new operas with American Opera Projects, Harlan Hubbard in Shawn Jaeger’s Payne Hollow, Dr. George Burkley in Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem, and John in Daniel Felsenfeld’s The Inner Circle. He recently recorded singing and voice-over for PATH New Music Theater's new opera, Simulacrum.
He has collaborated frequently with composer Felix Jarrar on new works. He debuted Scrooge in Jarrar's adaptation of A Christmas Carol for Gramercy Opera, created the title role in Jarrar's The Fall of the House of Usher, and the starred in the composer’s theatrical song cycle Songs of the Soul Beams which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) with a follow-up performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Standard operatice repertoire includes Bottom, Theseus, and Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten), Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, and Dr. Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore.
A regular performer with the Fire Island Opera Festival, Hirsch sang in the East Coast premiere of Kurt Weill’s first opera Der Protagonist and travelled with the festival to Marfa, Texas where he “stood out among the performers”, and was “especially good at interacting with individuals at close quarters while singing” (Arts and Culture: Texas).
In concert, Hirsch was the bass soloist for Ars Musica New Jersey’s Encore Young Artist Program. Concerts included Messiah (Handel), Die erste Walpurgisnacht (Mendelssohn), Petite messe solennelle (Rossini), Coronation Mass (Mozart), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), and Symphony #9 (Beethoven) with the Ridgewood Symphony. Other concert appearances include Adam in The Creation (Haydn) with the American Symphony Orchestra, Haman in Esther (Handel), a program of Handel and Bach with the Albany Symphony streamed live from Troy Music Hall on Classical WHMT-FM, and the Symphony's children's concert, Finding Do-Re-Mi, in which he played essentially, Nemo from the Pixar movie. He was recently the bass soloist in Ben Wallace's new piece, Bundle of Sticks, performed with the Albany Symphony Riverfront Park in Troy, New York, as part of their American Music Festival.
As a recitalist, Hirsch was selected as a finalist in the Art Song Preservation Society's 2018 Mary Trueman Song Competition. He was an art song fellow at Songfest (Colburn Fellow) and the Toronto Summer Music Festival and has been a featured recitalist at Arizona State University, Northwestern University, Music Academy of the West, the historic Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, The Washington DC Embassy Series and elsewhere throughout the United States and Canada.
Hirsch earned a Masters of Music from the Bard Vocal Arts Program and a Bachelors of Music from Peabody Conservatory with an English concentration from Johns Hopkins University.