Jarrett Ott

Baritone

Biography

American baritone Jarrett Ott, who was named one of Opera News’ twenty-five “Rising Stars,” and called, “a man who is seemingly incapable of an unmusical phrase,” also by Opera News, is enjoying an international career at the age of 32. In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Ott will return for his second season with the Staatstheater Stuttgart, debuting the roles of Conte in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro, and Valentin in Faust. He will also reprise the roles of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La Bohème and Dandini in La Cenerentola. In 2020, Mr. Ott will reprise the title role in David Lang’s prisoner of the state for its European tour, which includes The Barbican in London with the BBC Symphony, Copenhagen, Malmö, Bruges, Barcelona, Bochum and Rotterdam. Finally, he will return to North America to perform Jake Heggie’s one-act opera For a Look or a Touch in Seattle and San Francisco.

In the 2018-19 season, Jarrett Ott made many important European role debuts as he embarked on his first season in the Ensemble of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. New production debuts included Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride and Chou En-lai in Nixon in China. Other European role debuts in Stuttgart included Figaro, Marcello and Dandini. In North America, he returned to Santa Fe Opera for Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also made concert debuts performing the title role in David Lang’s world-premiere prisoner of the state with Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic and as Stephano with Susanna Mälkki in Sibelius’ The Tempest and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Reviews

..the standout was Jarrett Ott as Curly, the lovesick cowboy in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”His very first line, “There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” sung from the back of the house, revealed a free, mellifluous baritone, full of life and sunshine, and it never flagged. A confident actor who is also very handsome, Mr. Ott will go far.

– August 16, 2017

Heidi Waleson

Wall Street Journal

“Two apprentices…especially the charismatic Jarrett Ott as Marullo in “Rigoletto,” made memorable cameos.”

Zachary Woolfe

The New York Times

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“A ‘real’ voice helps immeasurably here, and Jarrett Ott—ideally cast physically and dramatically—supplied a fantastically pliable and attractive baritone, sensitive to words and musical values. He dominated the evening,…

David Shengold, Opera Magazine 

“There’s a glut of gifted lyric baritone voices on the market; it’s hard not to wonder whether there will be enough work for all of them. Even in such company, however, twenty-eight-year-old JARRETT OTT stands out. A native of Argyl, Pennsylvania, and a former student of Marlena Malas at the Curtis Institute, he not only has a voice that is polished and immaculately produced; he is also a highly expressive artist, as he has proved in racking up a number of competition victories with Billy Budd’s “Look! Through the port….” Ott’s sound, both pointed and mellow, is ideal for certain Britten roles, and he would love to do a fully staged production of Billy Budd soon.”

Opera News

“…baritone Jarett Ott was solid, steady, and inherently sweet as Masetto…”

James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican 

“Baritone Jarrett Ott delivers a remarkable performance as Guglielmo. Most notably, Ott contributes a ravishing addition to “Il core vi dono.”

Mary Johnson; The Baltimore Sun

“Outstanding vocally among them [was] Curtis-trained singer Jarrett Ott, a cultivated baritone…”

David Shengold, Opera News

“Baritone Jarrett Ott was the true star of the evening, singing the role of Roderick and Sam. Ott’s rich voice in conjunction with masterful phrasing could bring Hades to tears.”

Jacob Slattery, Bachtrack

“Jarrett Ott, a graduate and rising star, guested as a Count; supremely at ease in his Abercrombie and Fitch stage presence, Ott sang with sonorous clarity and precision. “

David Shengold, Opera News