Colorado native Jacob Cooper’s ebullient stage presence has been recognized on the opera stage (“stunning” – The Boston Globe), in recital, and as a dynamic component of ensembles. He is a member of many of New England’s premiere period ensembles, enjoying solo turns with the Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, Arcadia Players, Boston Baroque as Curio in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and the Henry Purcell Society of Boston in The Tempest, King Arthur, and as Hecate in Davenant’s Macbeth. He performed the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Blue Hill Bach Festival, was a soloist in Boston Camerata’s Les Miracles de Notre Dame, and has enjoyed several collaborations with the Winchendon Music Festival.
A champion of new works, he premiered the role of Eugene in Oliver Caplan’s chamber opera The Cellist is Dead, song cycles written for him by Stephen Coxe and Frank Pesci, and has performed Stanley Charkey’s Vermont Headstones at the Vermont State House. He has also recorded extensively with new music studio ensembles Vox Futura and Philovox. Other solo appearances have included Chorus Pro Musica, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Psaltikon, Colla Parte sackbut ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Monadnock Chorus, the Heritage Chorale, and the Falmouth Chorale.
A commitment to the drama of sung text has been noted in his “impeccable diction” (Classical Voice of New England) for his recital at the Frederick Collection with Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi and in showcasing “the best piece of Shakespearean acting I’ve seen all year” (HubReview) as Ford (Falstaff) with Boston Opera Collaborative. Additional opera roles have ranged from Saul in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), to John Brooke (Little Women), and the lead role of Lord Collins in the premier of OperaHub’s Der Vampyr.
We welcome Jacob Cooper to his second appearance on our concert series.