Jeffrey Beruan, bass-baritone
Bass Jeffrey Beruan is beginning to make his mark on the operatic scene! He possesses a rich, sonorous, and striking voice that moves with elegance and agility. His singing has been described as "intensely dramatic," "melodious," and "powerful." The New York Times said of his performance for Caramoor: “Jeffrey Beruan sang with a mellifluous bass and chilling conviction as Sparafucile, the assassin.”
His 2016-2017 included five role debuts: Tutor in Le Comte Ory with LoftOpera, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with GLOW, Dr. P in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat with UrbanArias, and Simone/Talpa in Il trittico with the Opera Company of Middlebury. He also had reprises of the Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Bonze with Austin Opera. The 2017-2018 season and beyond includes the bass soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with Caramoor, his role debut as Walter in Guillaume Tell with Baltimore Concert Opera and the same role in a return to Opera Southwest. He will also return to Florentine Opera as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte.
The 2015-2016 season for Mr. Beruan included a reprise of Zuniga in Carmen for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the King of Egypt in Aïda and a role debut singing Don Fernando in Fidelio for Sarasota Opera, a return to Florentine Opera Company for a reprise of the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and the bass soloist in the Messiah with Orchestra Seattle. In the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Beruan made debut performances with Washington Concert Opera in a reprise of Capellio, Florida Grand Opera in a reprise of the Bonze, Florentine Opera in a debut of Reverend Baines (Elmer Gantry), Opera Southwest in a debut of Spettro in the new world premiere of Franco Faccio’s Amleto, a return to Portland Opera in a reprise of Zuniga, the bass soloist in the Messiah for Orchestra Seattle and the bass soloist in the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for Caramoor. The 2013-2014 season included debuts as Sarastro (The Magic Flute) with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Prison Warden in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Madison Opera, a reprise of Ferrando (Il trovatore) for Sarasota Opera, a role and company debut singing Pluton in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers for Gotham Chamber Opera, a return to the Caramoor International Music Festival as Sparafucile, and a reprise of Sarastro for Opera Saratoga. The 2012-2013 season comprised noteworthy debuts singing Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) with Madison Opera, Ferrando (Il trovatore) for Minnesota Concert Opera, Der Lautsprecher (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) with the New Millenium Orchestra of Chicago, and a reprise of Superintendent Budd for the Green Mountain Opera Festival as well as Pasquale in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera and Count Ceprano and King Morpheus in the world premiere of Little Nemo in Slumberland with Sarasota Opera.
Other engagements include Capellio (I Capuleti ed I Montecchi), Melchthal (Guillaume Tell), and Carpenter’s Mate (HMS Pinafore) with Caramoor International Music Festival; Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Lodovico (Otello), cover of Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Acciano (I Lombardi) with Sarasota Opera; the cover of Don Quichotte with Tulsa Opera; La Poeta (Viva la Mamma) with Opera Saratoga; the cover of Ferrando (Il trovatore), Angelotti (Tosca), and Giorgio (The Gondoliers) with Chautauqua Opera; The Poet in the west coast premiere of Phillip Glass's Orphée, Plutone (Il Ballo delle Ingrate), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), The King (Aida), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), Zuniga (Carmen), Nettuno/Tempo/Antinoo (Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria), and the Second Armored Man (Die Zauberflöte) with Portland Opera. Other noteworthy role additions comprised of The Old Hebrew (Samson et Dalila) for the Winter Opera of St. Louis, Snug the Joiner (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera North and The Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Mr. Beruan is the recipient of several grants and awards including The Schuyler Foundation Career Bridges.