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 perform as Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow with Florentine Opera and Hortensuis in La fille du régiment with Hawaii Opera Theatre.
A favorite with Hawaii Opera Theatre, he 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, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, The Captain in Jonathan Dove’s Swan Song, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In recent seasons, Offenbach performed the role of Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust at Michigan Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, and Annapolis Opera; Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene, and Opéra de Québec; and sang at St. Bart’s Music Festival. Additional recent operatic engagements include the role of Count Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Arizona Opera; Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera; the title role of The Mikado with Performance Santa Fe; Baron Douphol in La traviata with Pacific Symphony; 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 Opera; Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and 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. He also 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.
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 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.