Praised for “[taking] fire in performance,” Max Jacob Zander, tenor, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During his time at IU, Max appeared in nine productions with IU Opera Theater including his performances as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Bardolfo in Falstaff, Njegus in The Merry Widow, and as various characters in Candide. Additionally, Max appeared in scenes as Prunier in La Rondine, Candide in Candide, Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, the First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and Jaquino in Fidelio with IU’s Summer Opera Workshop and as Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Mylio in Le Roi d’Ys.
His other operatic credits include his recent European debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with the Montefeltro Music Festival in Italy and performances as Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop.
Equally comfortable with musical theater repertoire, Max has performed such roles as Pippin in Pippin, Jack in Into the Woods, and Man (Gangster) #2 in Kiss Me, Kate. At IU, he appeared in scenes as Robert in Company, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, and Henrik in A Little Night Music.
Max will be returning to IU this fall for his Master’s degree and will next be seen as Tolloller in Iolanthe with the Gilbert & Sullivan Players of Bloomington, Indiana.
He has participated in the New York City Opera High School Vocal Seminar as well as in master classes with Javier Arrebola, Norman Shetler, Elem Eley, Timothy Noble, Patricia Stiles, Susan B. Anthony, Tara Scott, and Nina Scott-Stoddart. He is a native of Great Neck, NY and is currently a student of Patricia Stiles.