(Brooklyn, New York)
2018–19 Season: Medoro, Orlando
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 makes his San Francisco Opera debut this season as Medoro in Orlando. He was recently recognized in the 2019 GRAMMY® Awards in the Best Classical Compendium category for the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs’ Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra. 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 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, including for his debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall; Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina in staged performances with Ars Lyrica Houston; the world premiere of a ballet by Yuri Possokhov, “...two united in a single soul...,” with San Francisco Ballet; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Portland Baroque Orchestra; and a gala concert with American Bach Soloists, with whom his debut solo album will be released in 2019.
Nussbaum Cohen’s awards include 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.