Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Introducing American barihunk and podcaster Jared Ice

Jared Ice (Photos l & r: Uwe Hauth)
A fellow barihunk brought American baritone Jared Ice to our attention.

Ice grew up in Seattle and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Washington. After working with Dolora Zajick at her Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, he dabbled in various types of music including Country & Western, Off-Broadway and opera.

After arriving in Germany in 2013,  he won the International Kammeroper Schloss Rhiensberg Singing Competition, eventually landing the role of Holofernes in Siegfried Matthus’ opera Judith with the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Jared Ice sings the Te Deum from Puccini's Tosca:

He has gone on to sing a number of Siegfried Matthus’ new operas, including world premieres in Bochum, Frankfurt, and Berlin. In 2018, he performed in the burlesque opera “A Bad Man’s Life” in Rheinsberg, written by the composer's son Frank Matthus. The opera was subsequently performed in Berlin, Latvia and Estonia.

In 2016, he returned to the Rheinsberg summer festival to sing the role of Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca. In 2017, he made his debut at the Hamburger Kammeroper in Hamburg performing Count Walter in Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

Jared Ice (Photo: Oliver Junge)
In 2018, Ice started the opera podcast “Sex, Drugs, and Opera” with tenor Michael Pegher, which has featured barihunks John Brancy and George Festl. They have covered topics ranging from addiction to dealing with rejection, as well as giving their unique breakdown of opera plots.

Ice also founded his own music production company, Towermint Studios, which creates music for corporate training videos, advertisements or webinars.

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