Jarrett Porter



American baritone Jarrett Porter, whom Opera News noted has an “imposing baritone,” is emerging as a versatile artist known for his strong acting, sonorous voice, and handsome, youthful look. In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Porter joins The Juilliard School as a candidate for an artist diploma in opera studies and returns to Tulsa Opera as Dr. Oliver Sacks in Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, based on the memoir of the same name.

Mr. Porter’s 2019-2020 season included his principal debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Dr. Oliver Sacks in the world premiere of Awakenings, his debut at Tulsa Opera, first as Dancaïre in Carmen and later as Simon Fenton in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. On the concert stage, he joined Renée Fleming and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra under the baton of Harry Bicket as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

Mr. Porter recently finished his second and final year as a Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera, where he performed Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Antonio and the cover of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Father Palmer in Silent Night, and 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, Maximilian in Candide, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. 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 returned to Santa Fe Opera in 2019 to cover Guglielmo and sing the Sergeant in La bohème, Role engagements elsewhere have included the title role of Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon, Sid in Albert Herring, Harry Easter in Weill’s Street Scene, and Morales in Carmen. Other programs include Opera Saratoga (2016) and The Glimmerglass Festival (2017), as well as Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy (2014).

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“As Don Giovanni, Porter was vocally exquisite”

Berkeley Daily

“Porter was an outstanding Maximilian and a commanding Captain”

Maria Nockin

Opera Today