(Brooklyn, New York)
Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by the New York Times and “extravagantly gifted ... poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle, second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen recently made his San Francisco Opera debut as Medoro in Orlando. His first commercial recording—the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs' Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra—won a 2019 GRAMMY® Awards in the Best Classical Compendium category. He was a participant in the 2016 Merola Opera Program, where he was featured in the Schwabacher Summer Concert, and he was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio during the 2017–2018 season.
Performances in the current season include the role of David in Handel’s Saul with Houston Grand Opera, Tamerlano in Vivaldi's Bajazet with Portland Opera and Goffredo in Handel's Rinaldo at the Glimmerglass Festival. On the concert stage, he makes his French debut at the Château de Versailles in works by Pergolesi and Vivaldi, and he is heard in Handel's Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Buffalo Philharmonic and in the thematic programs "Orphean Enchantments" with American Bach Soloists and "Bach Goes Greek" with Ars Lyrica Houston. Nussbaum Cohen's awards include Third Prize at Operalia (2019); First Prize Winner and Audience Choice Award recipient at the 2018 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition; winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2017); recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation; First Prize Winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and winner of the Irvin Scherzer Award from the George London Foundation.
He made his European debut at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, singing the primo uomo role of Timante in Gluck's Demofoonte. His opera roles include Nerone and Ottone in Monteverdi's L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Raphael (The Angel) in Jonathan Dove's Tobias and the Angel and Cefalo in Cavalli's Gli Amori di Apollo e Dafne. Nussbaum Cohen received his B.A. degree in 2015 from Princeton University, where he majored in history and received certificates in Vocal Performance and Judaic Studies.