Jarrod Lee

Jarrod Lee

Librettist and Baritone Jarrod Lee hails from Sylacauga, Alabama.  As a singer, Jarrod has performed with Annapolis Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera. An advocate for new works, Jarrod premiered the role of Joe Louis in Shadowboxer by Frank Proto and John Chenault, and Levi in the Afro-Futurist opera ballet Cloud Nebula by composer Scott Patterson, choreographer Preston Andrew and associate director Eric T. Styles. In addition to his performing career, Jarrod is a librettist.  His works include commissions by the Alliance for New Music-Theatre called Journey to You with composer Dr. Timothy Amukele and Voices of Zion with composer Ronald Walton, and commissions by In Series named Spirit Moves with composer Dr. Timothy Amukele and Black Flute which is a deconstruction of The Magic Flute in collaboration with playwright Sybil Roberts.  Jarrod creates works that are rooted in the experience of being Black, Gay and American; adding to the canon of stories written by Black Americans which are rarely seen on the operatic stage.  In addition to performing and writing, Jarrod is a co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive which strives to preserve and lift everything Black in Classical Music.

Future commissions include premieres at InSeries, Finger Lakes Opera, and Washington National Opera.

Calendar

Event Date
Jan 11
to
Jan 20
American Opera Initiative
Washington National Opera
Washington, D.C

Artist Bio

Librettist and Baritone Jarrod Lee hails from Sylacauga, Alabama.  As a singer, Jarrod has performed with Annapolis Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera. An advocate for new works, Jarrod premiered the role of Joe Louis in Shadowboxer by Frank Proto and John Chenault, and Levi in the Afro-Futurist opera ballet Cloud Nebula by composer Scott Patterson, choreographer Preston Andrew and associate director Eric T. Styles. In addition to his performing career, Jarrod is a librettist.  His works include commissions by the Alliance for New Music-Theatre called Journey to You with composer Dr. Timothy Amukele and Voices of Zion with composer Ronald Walton, and commissions by In Series named Spirit Moves with composer Dr. Timothy Amukele and Black Flute which is a deconstruction of The Magic Flute in collaboration with playwright Sybil Roberts.  Jarrod creates works that are rooted in the experience of being Black, Gay and American; adding to the canon of stories written by Black Americans which are rarely seen on the operatic stage.  In addition to performing and writing, Jarrod is a co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive which strives to preserve and lift everything Black in Classical Music.

Future commissions include premieres at InSeries, Finger Lakes Opera, and Washington National Opera.