AARON ENGEBRETH

Baritone

Baritone AARON ENGEBRETH enjoys a varied solo career in opera, oratorio, recital and devotes considerable energy to the performance of established music and contemporary premieres, frequently collaborating with many of today’s preeminent composers.  In addition to his recent Carnegie Hall debut with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, he has been featured as a concert soloist in performances from Sapporo Japan’s Kitara Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall, to Le Theatre de la Ville in Paris and the AmBul festival of Sofia, Bulgaria.  Mr. Engebreth made his debut at Washington’s Kennedy Center in 2012, and has been a guest of the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rockport and Monadnock Music Festivals as well as many fine symphony orchestras, among them Portland, Virginia, San Diego and Charlotte.  Recent appearances include concerts and commercial recordings with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Lexington, Bangor and Boston Landmarks’ Symphony Orchestras, Vancouver International Song Institute, St. Louis Art Museum
and the Firebird Ensemble.  This concert season features a New York City Opera debut as monodrama soloist in Argento’s A Waterbird Talk, a Bernstein Centenary recital In collaboration with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Fine Arts, as well as performances with Le Central de Lyon (France), Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Rutter’s Messe des enfants with Écully Musical, Bunthorne in Patience with Odyssey Opera, Boston Camerata, and recitals in Lyon, Paris and San Francisco.

Mr. Engebreth’s work with award-winning composer and conductor
Lukas Foss cultivated a passion for premiering new works:  he has since collaborated with composers John Harbison, Libby Larsen, Thea Musgrave, Ned Rorem and Daniel Pinkham, among many others.  Also recognized for his interpretation of early music, he is a frequent soloist with many of the finest organizations including American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Miami Bach Society, Boston Baroque, Boston Camerata and Santa Fe Pro Musica.  He was a regular soloist with Emmanuel Music for six seasons, joining a longtime tradition of performances of Bach’s cantatas under the direction of the late Craig Smith.

In demand as a recording artist, he is featured with the Boston Early Music Festival and Radio Bremen, both nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Operatic Recording:  Thésée and Psyché, by Lully.  In 2016 he produced and recorded the first complete catalogue of The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson with Florestan Recital Project and New World Records, which is garnering international acclaim.  Other releases:  the world premiere of Six Early Songs of Samuel Barber and Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes, both for Florestan Records; Jon Deak’s The Passion of Scrooge with the Firebird Ensemble and Conrad
Susa’s Carols and Lullabies; a multi-disc project recording The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham with Florestan Recital Project, the first volume of which was named one of the five best contemporary music releases of the year by NPR and American Public Media.  As a frequent soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mr. Engebreth can be heard on their recordings of Foss’ Griffelkin and The Prairie, Harbison’s A Winter’s Tale, Eric Sawyer’s Our American Cousin, Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts and the upcoming release of Argento's A Waterbird Talk, in collaboration with Odyssey Opera.

 

Reviews
“It’s no secret that Aaron Engebreth is one of the finest young singers in Boston.”                                                                                                          - Boston Herald
 
“He sounds like a young Thomas Hampson.”                                                                               - Fanfare Magazine
"Versatile, sensitive baritone [Aaron] Engebreth seems constantly attuned to the heart of each song."
                                                                                       - Opera News
 
"Baritone Aaron Engebreth sang the actual words of Jesus.  His voice was a powerful baritone, which flowed easily and under beautiful control."
                                                                     - Buffalo Post Journal

 
"Engebreth captured, with deep emotional feeling, a wide range of nuances, from dreamlike phrasing to vibrant intensity.  With animated voice, to solemn expression, to robust delivery, he deliberated each piece for maximum effect."
                                                                     - Times Herald-Record
Media
Compilation 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKakChLo8pw
Orff (Carmina Burana)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBRhc9z_aRQ
Sullivan:  (as Bunthorne in Patience)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AygrH5Z1c
Rorem (Evidence of Things Not Seen)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXq6HsP2E7Y