Jarrett Ott



American baritone Jarrett Ott, whom Opera News names one of its 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 34. In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Ott will make house debuts with Bayerische Staatsoper as Dandini in La Cenerentola, and with both Opéra de Lille and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, the latter conducted by Emmauelle Haïm. He will also return to the Staatstheater Stuttgart as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Faust in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, as well as North Carolina Opera as Marcello in La bohème. Finally, he will be a featured soloist alongside Emmauelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée for a gala event at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Staatsoper Berlin.

Cancelations due to the Covid-19 pandemic included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the Komische Oper Berlin on tour in Chile, Valentin in Faust with the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and the title role in David Lang’s prisoner of the state with Operadagen Rotterdam. In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Ott performed Aeneas with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and created the role of John Seward in John Corigliano and Mark Adamo’s The Lord of Cries with Santa Fe Opera. Finally, he performed a virtual presentation Jake Heggie’s one-act opera For a Look or a Touch in Seattle with Music of Remembrance.

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..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