American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen has quickly been identified as one of opera's most promising rising stars. In his breakout 2016-2017 season, Aryeh was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, First Prize Winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and winner of the Irvin Scherzer Award from the George London Foundation. This season, he is a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio - the first countertenor in the Studio's history - and next season, he will continue his training by joining the San Francisco Opera as an Adler Fellow.
This season at Houston Grand Opera, he sings Nireno in Handel's Giulio Cesare and 2nd Maidservant in Strauss' Elektra, both under the baton of Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. He joins American Bach Soloists for their 20th annual performances of Handel's Messiah in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, and he joins Ars Lyrica Houston for two concert programs, featuring works by Bach and Handel. He also joins The Dallas Opera for the final concert of the Third Annual Hart Institute for Women Conductors. On the recital stage, Aryeh presents a recital in San Francisco with John Churchwell, Head of Music at San Francisco Opera, under the auspices of the Merola Opera Program. He sings additional recitals in Houston, Great Barrington (Massachusetts), and San Francisco (under the auspices of American Bach Soloists).
In the summer of 2018, he makes his role debut as Ottone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera. Summer 2018 also sees the release of his first commercial recording - the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs' Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra (Naxos), which he first premiered with the Virginia Symphony. In the summer of 2019, he joins the San Francisco Opera roster for Handel's Orlando.