Jacob Scharfman...[was] ideally cast as Tom’s antagonist, the Mephistophelean Nick Shadow — his gracious, light-hued baritone...handled matters with a debonair and insinuating touch.
...commanding...febrile and tense...an unabashed villain... Scharfman, an eerily still and self-assured manipulator, was himself a kind of visual Shadow...His might and muscle came across vocally in potent, precisely articulated lines.
Baritone Jacob Scharfman (Boston, MA), as the mysteriously diabolical Nick Shadow, enabler of Tom’s worst instincts, hovered about the action with suitably arch humor. His steady and controlled sound was nicely nuanced and always audible.
...an enticing devil...
For Scharfman, a baritone from Boston, the [job] was to sing big, dramatic arias of seduction and threats while lurking about like the villain in ‘The Drunkard.’ He earned top marks in all.
Jacob Scharfman was sinister throughout, vocally maneuvering amidst Stravinsky’s violently dissonant arpeggios every time his Nick Shadow appeared and deviously granted Tom’s naïve expression of a wish.
Jacob Scharfman, as the servant Nardo, displayed an attractive, rounded baritone...
...Jacob Scharfman showed expert command of the Mozartian open style, his “A forza di martelli” aria about hammers proving a particular highlight in the first act.
Nardo [was] delightfully inhabited by Baritone Jacob Scharfman. ...[A] memorable moment was Nardo’s courting of Serpetta in several languages; Mr. Scharfman was irresistible in the role.
Nardo...is played by Jacob Scharfman who is most expressive in his movements.
Bringing the program to a stunning close was baritone Jacob Scharfman. [...His] performance was marked by the expansiveness of a generous spirit and a personal involvement with the text and music. There was a lovely resonance to his instrument and fine German diction.
Jacob Scharfman brought a rich, ringing baritone and occasional roughness to Mr. Webb.
I was pleased to hear both familiar and new voices. Jacob Scharfman is part of the latter category, and is certain to gain popularity. ...[his] baritone is well-rounded and rich, maintaining clarity and precision throughout his entire range.