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Bass-baritone Jonathan Z. Harris is a native New Orleanian opera singer, recitalist, and actor based in New York City. His operatic interpretations have been hailed as “superb” (The Chautauquan Daily) and “sensational” (Voce di Meche), and of a return engagement with the Opera Company of Middlebury, the Rutland Herald declared that Jonathan “nearly stole the show with his hilarious and beautifully sung Papageno.”
Jonathan is a two-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has previously been an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Chautauqua Opera and has also sung with Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera MODO, PORTopera (now Opera Maine), Bronx Opera, Dicapo Opera, and dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Role highlights include Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Simone and Betto in Gianni Schicchi, and George Benton in Dead Man Walking.
As a recitalist, Jonathan is a 2017 alumnus of SongFest in Los Angeles. His recent solo programs include Green Springs the Tree, a collection of mid-20th century art songs and folk arrangements from both sides of the iron curtain and Liederkreis, an exploration of the song cycles of Schumann, Poulenc, and Rorem. Jonathan holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Michigan.