Jeremy Kleeman, Bass-baritone
Jeremy Kleeman is a graduate of Victorian Opera’s Developing Artist Program, and has a Master of Music (Opera Performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. In 2014 and 2015, Jeremy was a scholar with Melba Opera Trust on the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship, and in 2016 was the recipient of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award. He has also received Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations, as Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, for the role of Magus in Musica Viva and Victorian Opera’s Voyage to the Moon which toured nationally.
Last year Jeremy made his company debuts with Sydney Chamber Opera as Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia and with Pinchgut Opera in The Coronation of Poppea. He returned to Victorian Opera as Badger and Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen and to the Melbourne Bach Choir for St John Passion and the Duruflé Requiem, the latter on a European tour. Further engagements included Opera in the Market, The Murray River International Music Festival, Opera By The Lakes (Gippsland Opera), Opera in the Paddock (Opera North West) and The Canberra International Music Festival.
Other recent engagements and career highlights include his Brisbane Baroque Festival debut as Teobaldo in Handel’s Faramondo, appearances with Victorian Opera as Lord Valton in I puritani, Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd, and Mother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, St. Matthew Passion with both Newcastle University Choir and Melbourne Bach Choir, Toby Raven in the world premiere season of Cloudstreet (George Palmer) for State Opera of South Australia and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Australia Touring.
Jeremy’s 2018 engagements include Walter Furst in William Tell, Albert in The Magic Pudding and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia at the Dark MoFo Festival for Victorian Opera, Nielson Symphony No.3 with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a return to Opera by the Lakes and Second Elder (Susanna, Handel) for Handel In The Theatre, Canberra.
Past roles for Victorian Opera include Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Marquis D’Obiginy in La traviata, a featured vocalist in Assembly at Melbourne and Sydney Festivals (with Chunky Move), and Albert the Pudding in the world premiére of The Magic Pudding – The Opera.
Jeremy has also appeared in recital and as soloist with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Consort of Melbourne, Australian Boys Choir, and St. John’s Southgate, Melbourne.