Tenor Jacob Feldman has been repeatedly praised for his superb stage presence, musical sensitivity, and compelling characterizations. Jake recently appeared as Fayvl (Frederic) in the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene’s off-Broadway production of Di Yam Gazlonim, a Yiddish adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, which was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical by the Drama Desk Awards. The New York Times called Gazlonim “… bright, brisk and funny.” Other recent performances include appearing as a Guest Artist with Opera New Jersey as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, reprising Monostatos with Harrisburg Opera, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Empire Opera, Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Theater of Lakeland, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Company of the Highlands, a double bill of the Stephen Paulus operas The Three Hermits and Hester Prynne at Death (world stage premiere) at The Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure Univeristy, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow with Liederkranz Opera, and as Beppe in Pagliacci with Opera Company of the Highlands and Bronx Opera.
As a stage director, Jake’s production of Madame Butterfly with Opera Company of the Highlands received great acclaim. The Times-Herald Record called it “splendidly sung and acted” and remarked: “Particularly enhancing for the action and setting was [the] lighting design with its sky-blues and ruby sunsets” Jake also directed Hänsel and Gretel with Opera Company of the Highlands and Don Giovanni with Amsterdam Concert Opera, and Assistant Directed Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Theater of Lakeland.
Jake made his European debut in August of 2006 as Bardolfo in Falstaff at the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Ile en Mer, France. Other past engagements include Dr Caius in Falstaff and Gherrardo in the Double Bill of Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost at Opera New Jersey; Charlie/Family in Mahagonny Songspiel/The Seven Deadly Sins with Liederkranz Opera, Adam in Youth, a John Eaton opera adaptation of the Garden of Eden story; Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos with Ensemble du Monde at Merkin Hall; covering two roles with Gotham Chamber Opera in their production of Il Signor Bruschino and Pinye in Sholem Aleichem Dir, Amerike, a Maurice Rauch opera based on the Sholem Aleichem story “Motl Peyse Dem Khazns”.
Jake received great acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring in 2004 at Opera New Jersey. He has also appearred frequently with Liederkranz Opera in New York, including performances as Vasek in The Bartered Bride, and both Phillipe and Alexander in Romberg’s The New Moon. Jake spent the summer of 2002 at Seagle Music Colony, where he performed Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He also appeared at the Natchez Opera Festival that spring, as Beppe in a cover performance of Pagliacci and as répétiteur for Seymour Barab’s The Toy Shop. In addition, Jake has been seen at Opera Mississauga in Toronto (Remendado in Carmen), the Orford Music Festival in Quebec (Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos), Summer Opera Lyric Theater of Toronto (Bardolfo in Falstaff) and College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, MA (various roles including Nanki-Poo in Mikado).
Jake received a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in 2001 from McGill University, having begun a degree in Biology before concentrating solely on music. His performance experience at McGill included Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Spalanzani and Frantz in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera McGill, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors with McGill Player’s Theater, and Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard with The McGill Savoy Society. He also served as vocal coach and répétiteur at the McGill Savoy Society for The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, and Iolanthe. Jake resides in Woodside, Queens and currently studies with former Metropolitan Opera Baritone Mark Oswald.