About The Artist
Baritone Jarrett Porter’s 2019-2020 season starts with a debut as Dancaïre in Carmen at Tulsa Opera. As a sought after interpreter of new music, he will be seen as Dr. Oliver Sacks in Cincinnati Opera’s Opera Fusion: New Works workshop of Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, in Santa Fe Opera’s workshop of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, and in The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series in performance and discussion of the creation of contemporary works. He returns to Tulsa Opera later this season as Simon Fenton in Emmeline. Jarrett debuts with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2020 as Dr. Oliver Sacks in the world premiere of Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman. He has recently finished his second apprenticeship with Santa Fe Opera in 2019, covering Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, singing the Sergeant in La boheme, and opening for Renée Fleming and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra under the baton of Harry Bicket as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Jarrett was a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera, where in the 2018-2019 season he was seen as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Antonio and the cover to Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, as Father Palmer in Silent Night, and as Baron Douphol in La traviata. In the 2017-2018 season at Arizona Opera, he was seen as the title role in Patrick Morganelli's Hercules vs Vampires, as Maximilian in Candide, as Sciarrone in Tosca, and as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville. He joined Santa Fe Opera in 2018 as a member of the company's prestigious Apprentice Program, singing Der Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos, and covering Maximilian in Candide. He has also been member of the Young Artist Programs at Opera Saratoga (2016), and The Glimmerglass Festival (2017).
He was the recipient of the inaugural Pankonin Art Song Award for his collaboration with composer Matthew Boehler and librettist Tony Asaro to create the new song-cycle Passed, and has appeared in performance with Jake Heggie at the German Consulate of San Francisco in a program of Heggie’s newest endeavors, including selections from his chamber opera, Out of Darkness. Jarrett was a fellow at SongFest at the Hidden Valley Music Festival under the mentorship of Sir Thomas Allen and Graham Johnson. Alongside narration from Mr. Allen and Mr. Johnson, he made his National Public Radio debut with selections from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. In Spring of 2018, he joined pianist Taylor Hutchinson in recital to present Winterreise at Katzin Hall: Arizona State University.
He is the Lisa and Bernie Kalvelage Award Winner at the 2018 Holt Competition, the 2017 Grand Prize Winner of the Pacific Music Society Competition, the Ellie Silver Award Winner at the 2017 Holt Competition, and the First Prize Winner of the inaugural Esther C. Weill Competition. Other role engagements have included the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, Sid in Albert Herring, Harry Easter in Street Scene, and Morales in Carmen. Porter is an Alumn of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy (2014), and holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music (2015), and an MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2017) where he was a James Schwabacher Fellow. He is a student of César Ulloa and Darrell Babidge.