Bass-baritone Jeremy Hirsch, a “compelling actor and singer” (Los Angeles Times), performs contemporary and classical opera, art song, and concert music.
Hirsch has created numerous leading operatic roles including Arnold in William Antoniou and Eamon Farrell's Anathema: The Turing Opera at National Sawdust, multiple 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 voice-over and vocals for PATH New Music Theater's new opera, Simulacrum.
Hirsch 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.
Hirsch's standard operatic 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, Dr. Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, and Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata.
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, and Haman in Esther (Handel) with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra. Hirsch has appeared multiple times as a soloist with the Albany Symphony. He sang on a program of Handel and Bach streamed live from Troy Music Hall on Classical WHMT-FM, played Nemorino, an operatic clown fish, in the Symphony's children's concert, and debuted Ben Wallace's, Bundle of Sticks, at Riverfront Park in Troy, New York, as part of the city's 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 featured in recital at Arizona State University, Northwestern University, Music Academy of the West (Vocal Fellow), 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.