Jamie Offenbach defining character portrayals and vocal strength in both buffo and dramatic repertoire earn the bass-baritone rave reviews with journalists, companies and audiences around the country. In a recent portrayal in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Los Angeles Times says "...Jamie Offenbach as a deliciously supercilious Bartolo, singing his vengeance aria as a riot of rolling R's..." He has appeared frequently with Los Angeles Opera, as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, 1st Soldier in Salome, and Pistola in Falstaff in addition to his acclaimed performance as Farmer Bean in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Mr. Offenbach has also appeared in their productions of La Boheme, Billy Budd, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, and Carmen with Jennifer Larmore and Placido Dominigo. Recently he has appeared with Opera Pacific and San Diego Opera in their productions of Rigoletto, Don Giovanni with LA Opera, Tosca with San Diego Opera and Hawaii Opera productions of Salome and Carmen. Elsewhere, Mr. Offenbach has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, San Diego Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Colorado Opera Festival, Opera Colorado, Pittsburgh Opera, Kentucky Opera, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Savonlinna Music Festival, and Juilliard Opera Center.
Recent engagements from the past season include the title role in The Mikado with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Toledo Opera, Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri with Santa Barbara Opera, Marchese D'Obigny in La Traviata and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro both with Opera Pacific, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Boheme and Zuniga in Carmen both with Los Angeles Opera. Upcoming engagements for the 2005-2006 season will include Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Angelotti in Tosca both with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Tiger Brown in Three Penny Opera with Arizona Opera, and Ramfis in Aida with the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee. Future engagements include the High Priest in Nabucco with Baltimore Opera and Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Opera Carolina.
He was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Loren L. Zachary Competition, as well as a recipient of the Goldfarb Foundation Career Grant, Leni Fe Bland Foundation Career Grant, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. Mr. Offenbach has appeared as a featured soloist in concert with the Honolulu Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Colorado Springs Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, and at the Joseph Papp New York Public Theater.
Notable conductors with whom he has performed include Richard Bonynge, John Crosby, John DeMain, Placido Domingo, Sir Edward Downes, Mark Flint, Jane Glover, Marcello Giordano, Richard Hickox, George Manahan, Eduardo Müller, Evelino Pido, Julius Rudel, Valery Ryvkin, William Vendice, and Christopher Wilkens. Mr. Offenbach has worked with a number of important stage directors, including Christopher Alden, John Copley, Frank Corsaro, David Edwards, Stephen Lawless, Christopher Mattaliano, Nathaniel Merrill, and Jonathan Miller.
A native of Honolulu, Mr. Offenbach studied at the University of Hawaii, New York University, and the Juilliard School of Music. He spent four years as a Resident Artist at the L.A. Music Center Opera, and studied with the Opera Colorado Artists' Center and the Santa Fe Apprentice Artist Program. In addition to his background in Opera, Mr. Offenbach has performed extensively in musical theater as a dancer and singer in regional, summer stock, Off-Broadway, and on National tours. He may be heard on Angel Records' recording of Gershwin's Blue Monday.
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