Jarrod Lee, bass-baritone, hails from Sylacauga, Alabama and presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. He has received rave reviews for his “effortless acting” and “vocally assured” performances from Opera Today, The Washington Post, and Opera News. This Summer Jarrod made his European debut in concert with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Most recent opera performances include: Sacristan in Tosca with Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Marchese in Traviata with Annapolis Opera and the Baron, a Señor, and a Judge in Candide with Washington National Opera. Jarrod is a 2018 finalist and winner of the Todd Duncan and William Watkins Memorial Awards from the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition and a 2016 Finalist in the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition. In 2013 Jarrod participated in Renée Fleming’s American Voices at the Kennedy Center, conducted by Eric Owens. In past seasons, Jarrod performed the roles Bailli from Werther with Opera Delaware, L’horloge comtoise and Le chat from L’enfant et les sortilèges, Benoit and Alcindoro from La bohème with the Aspen Music Festival and School, Inmate #4 from Dead Man Walking, Paulus and Hlabeni from Lost in the Stars, and SNCC Man from Appomattox with the Washington National Opera. As a lover of concerts and cabarets, Jarrod has performed with the Air Force Strings, Baltimore Musicales, and In Series D.C. Jarrod was a featured soloists for President Barack Obama’s visit to the historical Metropolitan A.M.E Church in D.C. As an advocate for performing new works, Jarrod premiered the role Joe Louis in Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis by Frank Proto and libretto by John Chenault with the Maryland Opera Studio, premiered the role of Levi in a reading of Afro Punk Ballet by Scott Patterson, and co-created with playwright Tom Minter a community outreach program called In the Smoke of the Sting commissioned by the Washington National Opera which included opera excerpts from Shadowboxer by Frank Proto, Champion by Terence Blanchard, and Approaching Ali by D.J. Sparr. In addition to staged performances of traditional operas, new operas, and concerts, Jarrod enjoys writing libretti that are rooted in his experience of being a black man in the United States of America; adding to the cannon of stories in opera written by Black Americans which; are rarely seen on the operatic stage.