Baritone Jacob Scharfman will soon complete his Master of Music at the Juilliard School. In his native Boston, he has earned praise for his “rich, ringing baritone” (Classical Review) and a voice “certain to gain popularity… well-rounded and rich, maintaining clarity and precision throughout his entire range” (Musical Intelligencer). NYC-based Voce di Meche has proclaimed him “irresistible… Mr. Scharfman’s performance was marked by the expansiveness of a generous spirit and a personal involvement with the text and music.”
This year at Juilliard, Jacob sings Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and covers Fluth in Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor. Honored with Juilliard’s Risë Stevens and Mitzi Chinatrust Scholarships, he will travel to Los Angeles and Taiwan for a recital tour this December. In September 2017, he was awarded a generous grant by the Gerda Lissner Foundation and earned a spot in the finals of the Art Song Preservation Society Competition.
Jacob spent the summer of 2017 as a Studio Artist with Central City Opera in Colorado, winning the Iris Henwood Richards Memorial Award for his dedication and collegiality. Also in 2017, he used a Lucrezia Bori Grant for intensive coaching and German-language study in Berlin. During the 2016-17 academic year at Juilliard, Jacob enjoyed his Alice Tully Hall debut as Pallante in Handel’s Agrippina and covered Steward in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. He sang masterclasses with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Pablo Heras-Casado (the latter available on Medici.tv) and participated in a recital of protest songs with the New York Festival of Song—to be repeated at his Merkin Hall debut in February 2018.
Recent operatic credits include Charlie in Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Fayetteville; Rugby in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera; Mr. Webb in Rorem’s Our Town with Boston Opera Collaborative; and Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with Harvard’s Lowell House. Jacob has won prizes at competitions held by Metrowest Opera, the Arlington Philharmonic Society, and Piccola Opera. He has enjoyed concert engagements with Boston Baroque, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Brown University Chorus, Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, and Trinity Church Boston.