JEFFREY MANDELBAUM, Countertenor

Jeffrey Mandelbaum hails from Brooklyn, New York.  This season he will return to New York City Opera to cover the role of the Sandman in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. This follows his covering the role of LíHumana Fragilitŗ in Monteverdiís Il Ritorno díUlisse in Patria there last fall.  Last Winter he was the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Amor Artis baroque orchestra, under the direction of Johannes Somary.  The Stamford Advocate reported that "Countertenor Jeffrey Mandelbaum has an astonishing voice that projects without ever sounding forced or unnatural." Last Spring he performed in Handelís Giulio Cesare with the Connecticut Opera Theatre in the prestigious Sanibel Music Festival. The Fort Myers News-Press began its review of the singers by saying "there was an excellent countertenor, Jeffrey Mandelbaum, who played Ptolemy, King of Egypt..."

This summer he performed at the Caramoor International Music Festival, as Calcante in Handel's Deidamia, and in a program of opera scenes by Handel's contemporaries entitled "Bel Canto Barocco," under the direction of Will Crutchfield.  This fall, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he covers the roles of Cardinal Inquisitor and Oracle in Philip Glass's new opera, Galileo Galilei. During the season, he will sing the countertenor solos in Bach's cantata Gott man lobet dich with the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Bach's apocryphal Christmas Cantata with the Flatbush-Thompkins Chamber Ensemble, in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, and in Bach's Saint John Passion with the Westchester Oratorio Society, under Harold Rosenbaum.  He will also premiere a concert piece for countertenor and chamber ensemble, written by Frank J. Oteri, entitled The Impatient Explorer.

In recent seasons, Mr. Mandelbaum has sung Bachís alto cantata, Geist und Seele, with the baroque orchestra Musica Viva under Walter Klauss, given a recital as part of the concert series at St. Peterís Church in the Citigroup Building, and was featured in Regina Operaís annual Gala Benefit Concert in which he sang arias from Giulio Cesare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mozart's Ascanio in Alba. In contemporary works, he has played leading roles in Jeffrey Lependorf's American Lit with the Hell's Kitchen Opera Company, George Quincey's Home and the River with Encompass New Opera Theatre, Frank Wiggelsworth's The Willowdale Handcar with the After Dinner Opera Company, and premiered Quincey's Tale of a Tell-Tale Heart with Encompass, the lead of which was written for him. He was also the soloist in Leonard Bernstein's Missa Brevis at St. Luke in the Fields. He portrayed Oberon in Act I of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Mannes Opera led by Joseph Colaneri.

 Mr. Mandelbaum has sung the role of Mirtillo in Grant Herreidís pastiche Il Cafe díAmore with the Mannes Camerata, as well as in G.B. Guariniís Il Pastor Fido with the Mannes Baroque Ensemble.  He sang the alto solos in Handelís Messiah at St. Luke in the Fields, and in Bachís Actus Tragicus and Purcellís Come Ye Sons of Art with the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble.  He also performed Mozartís Requiem with the Cleveland Baroque Ensemble, Apolloís Fire, in their debut season under Jeanette Sorrell.

Solo recitals prior to his concert at St. Peter's Church include a performance in the Trinity Church NoonDay Concert series at St. Paul's Chapel, a concert tour in Tuscany singing baroque opera arias, which followed his debut there the summer before, and a Master's Recital at Goldmark Hall at the Mannes College of Music. 

Mr. Mandelbaum has been studying vocal technique and artistry for over ten years with Linda Monssen.  He coached in baroque repertoire and style with Drew Minter and Julianne Baird.  He received a B.A. with Honors in Interdisciplinary Performance from Oberlin College in 1995, and a Masters of Music degree in Historical PerformanceóVoice from the Mannes College of Music in 1999.

Submitted 10/23/2002