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, 27-year-old American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen is one of the classical vocal world's most promising rising stars. Aryeh's first commercial recording project - the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs' Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta - won a 2019 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium category, which honors albums with multiple soloists and multiple works. Winner of a 2019 William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, and Third Prize Winner in the 2019 edition of Placido Domingo's Operalia, he was also First Prize Winner and Audience Choice Award recipient at the 2018 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. In his breakout 2016-2017 season, he was named Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He was First Prize winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and winner of the Irvin Scherzer Award from the George London Foundation.
In the 2020-21 season, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen makes his Australian and role debuts as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Adelaide Festival in the acclaimed Neil Armfield production conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, and he was scheduled to make his German and role debuts as Edgar in a new production of Reimann's Lear at the Staatsoper Hannover. He also performs a solo recital as part of the Adelaide Festival. On the concert stage, he was engaged for performances with Ars Lyrica Houston, Kansas City Symphony, at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, and with Washington Bach Consort.
In the 2021-22 season, he makes his Metropolitan Opera debut as Rosencrantz in the Met and U.S. premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet in the Neil Armfield production, conducted by Maestro Nicholas Carter. He also makes his Opernhaus Zürich debut in a collaboration with the Ballett Zürich, performing the music of Monteverdi in a world premiere ballet by Christian Spuck, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Minasi.
Highlights of the past season included the role of David in Barrie Kosky’s heralded production of Handel’s Saul at Houston Grand Opera, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the 19-20 season, he was also engaged for performances as Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Portland Opera and Goffredo in a new production of Handel’s Rinaldo at the Glimmerglass Festival, as well as concert performances with Chapelle Royale de Versailles and Ars Lyrica Houston.
He joined San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship program for 2018-19, and he made his San Francisco Opera debut as Medoro in Handel’s Orlando under the baton of Maestro Christopher Moulds. Performances of the season also included the role of David in Handel’s Saul with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (professionally recorded and available on all leading streaming platforms), Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina in staged performances with Ars Lyrica Houston conducted by Matthew Dirst, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Matthew Dirst and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the world premiere of a new ballet by Yuri Possokhov with the San Francisco Ballet. He covered the role of Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante at the Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Harry Bicket, and he recorded a program of Gluck, Handel, and Vivaldi for his first solo album with Jeffrey Thomas and American Bach Soloists.
The New York City native became the first countertenor in the history of the Houston Grand Opera Studio during the 2017-18 season. His performances for the company included the roles of Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Second Maid in Strauss' Elektra, both under the baton of Music Director Patrick Summers. He also made his Cincinnati Opera debut as Ottone in a new production by Zack Winokur of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Gary Thor Wedow.
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In the summer of 2016, Aryeh participated in the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and in the summer of 2017, Aryeh joined Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist. He made his European debut at the Theater an der Wien singing Timante in Gluck's Demofonte with baroque ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, under the baton of Alan Curtis. His opera roles also include Nerone 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.
Aryeh earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University (with a concentration in Intellectual and Cultural History) and received academic certificates in Vocal Performance and Judaic Studies. During his senior year, he became the first singer in a decade to win the Princeton University Concerto Competition. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize for extraordinary achievement in the arts, granted each year by Princeton University to the student of greatest promise in the performance of classical music.
He currently resides in San Francisco, California with his fiancée Abbi. He serves as Western Region Soloist Representative on the board of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union that represents America's operatic, dance, and choral artists.
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