Praised for his “smashing Piedmont Opera debut as Frederic” (Winston Salem Journal) in Pirates of Penzance, American tenor Jacob Ryan Wright is becoming known for his bright, supple tone and charismatic performances in both operatic and concert repertoire.
This year, Jacob returns to Opera Saratoga in the role of Frederic in Pirates of Penzance. He will make his debut with the Charlotte Master Chorale as Uriel in Haydn's The Creation, and will return as a guest artist to the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute for the role of Monsieur Grivet in Picker's Thérèse Raquin.
Recently, Jacob made his Dayton Opera debut in the role of Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and returned to sing Uriel in Haydn's The Creation in a fully staged realization in collaboration with the Dayton Ballet. He then made his debut with the Santa Fe Symphony in Handel's Messiah. Jacob also appeared as First Jew in Dayton Opera’s production of Salome, and joined Teatro Nuovo as a Young Artist to sing Antonio in Rossini’s rarely-performed masterpiece, La gazza ladra, which was performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 2018, Jacob concluded a two-year fellowship at the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute, where he performed Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Pelléas in an original adaptation of Debussy’s Impressions de Pelléas. Jacob has participated in Young Artist Programs at Opera Saratoga, Chautauqua Opera, Teatro Nuovo, Sarasota Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, Jacob made his Asheville Lyric opera debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and joined Opera San Jose covering Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He was also seen with North Carolina Opera as Gastone in La traviata, and Greensboro Opera as Le Remendado in Carmen and Goro in Madama Butterfly.
On the concert stage, Jacob has recently been featured as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozart Club of Winston-Salem. Additional concert credits include Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass No. 5 in A-flat Major, and Chilcott’s St. John Passion.
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and an Artist Diploma from the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute.