Jarrod Lee, baritone, hails from Sylacauga, Alabama and presently resides in Maryland. He has received rave reviews for his “effortless acting” and “vocally assured” performances from Opera Today, The Washington Post, and Opera News. This season you can find Jarrod as a featured soloist in the ensemble of Porgy and Bess with the Metropolitan Opera. Past roles include: Giulio Cesare in an excerpt from Giulio Cesare with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Festival Orchestra in Austria, Henry Davis in Street Scene with the Maryland Opera Studio, Angelotti / Jailer in Tosca, Marchese in Traviata with Annapolis Opera, Bailli in Werther with Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera, L’horloge comtoise / Le chat in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Benoit / Alcindoro in La bohème with the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Baron’s Father / Señor / Judge in Candide, Inmate #4 in Dead Man Walking, Paulus / Hlabeni in Lost in the Stars, and SNCC Man in Appomattox with the Washington National Opera. Jarrod is a winner of the Todd Duncan and William Watkins Memorial Awards from the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Harlem Opera Theater and a semi-finalist Meistersinger Vocal Competitions. Jarrod also participated in Renée Fleming’s American Voices at the Kennedy Center, conducted by Eric Owens. Jarrod has performed with the Air Force Strings, Baltimore Musicales, and In Series D.C. in concerts ranging from topics of race, religion, and politics. Jarrod was a featured soloist for visits by President Barack Obama and elected dignitaries to the historic Metropolitan A.M.E Church in D.C. As an advocate for new works, Jarrod premiered the roles Joe Louis in Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis by composer Frank Proto and librettist John Chenault with the Maryland Opera Studio, and Levi in the Afro-futuristic opera ballet presently named Cease and Desist (formally named Afro Punk Ballet) by composer Scott Patterson, choreographer Preston Patterson, and associate artistic director Eric Sykes with Afro House Baltimore. Jarrod has also performed in community outreach programs commissioned by the Washington National Opera called Just out the Window and a co-created In the Smoke of the Sting which included excerpts from Shadowboxer by Frank Proto, Champion by Terence Blanchard, and Approaching Ali by D.J. Sparr. In addition to performances of traditional operas, new operas, concerts, and cabaret, Jarrod serves as a Project Manager for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA), and Librettist. Jarrod enjoys creating works that are rooted in the experience of being black and gay; adding to the cannon of stories in opera written by Black Americans which are rarely seen on the operatic stage.