Acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by The New York Times and “extravagantly gifted... poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle, 25-year-old American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen is one of the classical vocal world’s most promising rising stars. Winner of a 2019 William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award and both First Prize Winner and Audience Choice Award recipient at the 2018 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, in his breakout 2016-2017 season, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was awarded the Grand Prize of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He was Third Prize winner of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia in 2019, First Prize winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and winner of the Irvin Scherzer Award from the George London Foundation. His first commercial recording project - the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs' Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta - recently was honored with a 2019 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium category, which recognizes albums with multiple soloists and multiple works.
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen returns to Houston Grand Opera as David in Barrie Kosky’s heralded production of Handel’s Saul. Additional highlights of the 2019-20 season include the roles of Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Portland Opera and Goffredo in a new production of Handel’s Rinaldo at the Glimmerglass Festival. On the concert stage, he is heard in Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and in the thematic programs ‘Orphean Enchantments’ with American Bach Soloists and ‘Bach Goes Greek’ with Ars Lyrica Houston.