Jarrett Ott

Baritone

Biography

American baritone Jarrett Ott, one of Opera News’ twenty-five “Rising Stars,” and called “a man who is seemingly incapable of an unmusical phrase,” is enjoying an international career at the age of 35. In the 22/23 season, Mr. Ott will make his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Lescaut in Manon, the Opéra Comique as Jan Nyman in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Staatstheater Stuttgart and Maximilian in Candide with the Hamburg Symphoniker at the Lausitz Festival. In the US, he will sing Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera, reprise the role of John Seward for a performance and recording of The Lord of Cries with Odyssey Opera, and join colleagues for the inaugural Sag Harbor Song Festival on Long Island.

In the 2021-22 season, Mr. Ott debuted at Opéra national de Paris as Oreste in Iphigenie en Tauride, the Bayerische Staatsoper for a debut as Dandini in La Cenerentola, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with The Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, conducted by Emmauelle Haïm, and performed Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Faust in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with Staatstheater Stuttgart. He was also a featured soloist with Emmauelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée for a gala event at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, which was later released on Warner Classics/Erato. A former member of the Staatstheater Stuttgart Ensemble, Jarrett Ott performed Conte, Marcello in La bohème, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dandini, Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride and Chou En-lai in Nixon in China.

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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

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