Jamie Offenbach’s defining character portrayals and vocal strength in both buffo and dramatic roles earn him rave reviews with journalists, opera companies and audiences alike. He performs signature roles at companies that include Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Colorado, Baltimore Opera, Nashville Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Pacific, Arizona Opera, Opera Carolina, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Kentucky Opera, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Colorado Opera Festival, and the Savonlinna Music Festival.
This season, Offenbach will return to Hawaii Opera Theatre to perform as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mephistopheles in Faust at Annapolis Opera, and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Austin Lyric Opera. He will also be singing at St. Bart’s Music Festival.
Last season, engagements included appearances at Hawaii Opera Theatre to sing Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, The Captain in Jonathan Dove’s Swan Song, and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly; and Michigan Opera Theatre as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust. Recently, Jamie also appeared as Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Arizona Opera, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Méphistophélès in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera, and Baron Douphol in La traviata with Pacific Symphony. He performed T.J. Rigg in Florentine Opera’s production of Elmer Gantry, which was recorded by Naxos and won two Grammy Awards in 2012. The recording was also named #1 on Opera News’ Top 10 list of complete Opera recordings for 2011.
A favorite with Hawaii Opera Theatre, he has performed there as Méphistophélès in Faust, Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, The Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in The Mikado, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. Additional engagements have included First Soldier in Salome and Sciarrone/Angelotti in Tosca with San Diego Opera; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and Zuniga in Carmen with Santa Barbara Grand Opera; Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Angelotti in Tosca with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee; the King in Aïda with Baltimore Lyric Opera; and Dr. Engle in The Student Prince with Nashville Opera.
Mr. Offenbach appeared as a featured soloist in concert with the Honolulu Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Colorado Springs Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, and the Joseph Papp NY Public Theater.
A native of Honolulu, Mr. Offenbach studied at the University of Hawaii, New York University, and the Juilliard School of Music. In addition to his background in Opera, Mr. Offenbach has performed extensively in musical theater as a dancer and singer in regional, summer stock, Off-Broadway, and National tours. He may be heard on Angel Records’ recording of Gershwin’s Blue Monday.