Keith Jurosko, a mainstay of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players for twenty-five years, has sung over 750 performances in more than twenty G & S roles. As an operetta specialist, he is much in demand as a guest artist and has appeared with many of the country's leading regional companies including Virginia Opera, Mobile Opera, Whitewater Opera, Sorg Opera, Goldcoast Opera and the Boston Academy of Music. His recent engagements included a return to Mobile Opera and a debut with Augusta Opera as Pooh Bah in The Mikado. He also appeared in Pirates of Penzance with Asheville Lyric Opera and, in 2001, his first Koko in The Mikado at Chautauqua Opera. This followed his appearance at Wolf Trap in the title role of The Mikado. Mr. Jurosko performed with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in their first season at New York's City Center, and was featured in their 2003 30th Anniversary season performances there. He was also scheduled for performances in South Carolina, Massachusetts, and a return to Chautauqua Opera, this time for The Merry Widow. He sang Captain Corcoran for Opera Delaware in the Spring of 2002, and appeared in performances of Pirates of Penzance with the Buffalo Philharmonic in the spring of 2003. In the summer of 2003 he returned to Chautauqua Opera for his third consecutive season. He made his debut in 2003-4 with Mississippi Opera and with Anchorage Opera in Alaska, as well as celebrating his 25th season with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in New York. Mr. Jurosko also made his debut with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera as Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore, and returned to Mississippi Opera in 2005 to direct The Mikado. In 2006 he appeared at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Aladdin (Cole Porter’s last musical) and at the Chautauqua Opera as the Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers. In 2006-7 he debuted with Opera Carolina in Pirates of Penzance, following his appearances at New York City Center with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.
In the summer of 2007 Mr. Jurosko returned to the Hot Springs Music Festival as Koko in The Mikado. He performed his first King Sextimus in Once Upon a Mattress at Chautauqua Opera (his fifth season with this company), and adds King Hildebrand in Princess Ida during his 29th season with NYGASP at New York City Center in 2008. He returned to Opera Carolina in Die Fledermaus in the spring of 2008, and also appeared at the Lake George Opera Festival in The Pirates of Penzance. In 2009 he returned to the Chautauqua Opera.
Mr. Jurosko is also one of the original members of the much celebrated La Gran Scena Opera Company, whose zany, on-target parodies of grand opera have brought the company international acclaim and a virtual world-wide following.
In addition to his busy opera/operetta schedule, the versatile singing actor has appeared in such musicals as Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing (J.P. Wintergreen), Kern’s Music in the Air (Bruno Mahler), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (J.B. Biggley), as well as in such non-singing classics as Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Present Laughter, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Die Fledermaus (2007–2008)
Pirates of Penzance (2006–2007)