Biography

American bass, Jeremy Harr, has been described as “astounding” and praised for his “resonance, power and assurance.”  As Don Alfonso, he was noted to be “at home in any production of the Mozart opera—classic buffo character presented with flare and fidelity.”  Harr has been a District Winner and Regional Finals 3rd Place Winner for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Harr’s 2020/21 season saw him debut with Pittsburgh Opera, where he performed Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte and Cadmus/Somnus in Semele.  Additional engagements include his debut with Opera NexGen as Don Alfonso, his return to Wolf Trap Opera, where he will cover Death in Gustav Holst’s Sāvitri and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and his debut with Berkshire Opera Festival as Pistola in Falstaff.

 

Harr made his professional debut in summer 2019 as Ramfis in Aida with the Washington Opera Society.  He debuted with Wolf Trap Opera the same summer, where he performed Lackey (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Officer (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and covered Death (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia).  Harr returned to Wolf Trap Opera the following summer to perform Benoit/Alcindoro (La boheme) and cover Gremin (Eugene Onegin).  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the productions were instead performed as video excerpts in an online concert entitled Love: Surrender, for which Harr performed and covered the same roles in their entirety.

 

As a member of the acclaimed Maryland Opera Studio, Harr performed as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), King of Scotland (Ariodante), Angel 2 (The Road of Promise), Jimmy (Mahagonny Songspiel), and covered Frank Maurrant (Street Scene).  His final production as Badger/Priest/ Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen was canceled due to Covid-19 shortly before opening.  Additionally, Harr performed in the world premiere of Elisabeth Mehl Greene’s Hajar, also with the Maryland Opera Studio. 

 

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Harr performed extensively with the Oberlin Opera Theater, including Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia), and Mamma Agathe in Donizetti’s Viva la mamma.  While studying at Oberlin, Harr also appeared with Opera Saratoga covering Mr. Kofner and Assan (The Consul), and the House Quartet Bass in the American premiere of Gareth Williams’s Rocking Horse Winner, Miami Classical Music Festival as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), and Oberlin in Italy as Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi).

 

Harr completed his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his graduate studies with the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, where he studied with internationally renowned bass-baritone Kevin Short.

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