(Brooklyn, New York)
First year countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was last seen in San Francisco as a participant of the 2016 Merola Opera Program where he was featured in the Schwabacher Summer Concert. Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by The New York Times, he was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio during the 2017-2018 season. This season, he covers the roles of Medoro in Handel’s Orlando at San Francisco Opera and Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago. His engagements this season also include David in Handel’s Saul with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which includes his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, and a gala concert with American Bach Soloists, with whom he records his debut solo album. He also performs Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina with Ars Lyrica Houston and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Portland Baroque Orchestra. His first commercial recording, the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs’ Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra, was released summer 2018. Mr. 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. His European debut was at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, singing the role of Timante in Gluck's Demofoonte. His opera roles also 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. Mr. Nussbaum Cohen received his B.A. degree from Princeton University, where he majored in history and received certificates in Vocal Performance and Judaic Studies.