AZO Cast Members & Creatives
California native baritone Jared Bybee is a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts where he performed ten leading operatic roles under the tutelage of Christofer Macatsoris, including Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Prince Yeletsky (Pique Dame), Germont (La Traviata), Marcello (La Boheme), Valentin (Faust), Don Giovanni, Manfredo (L'Amore Dei Tre Re), Michele (Il Tabarro), Rigoletto, Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and covered the roles of Lescaut (Manon) and The Demon by Rubenstein. In The Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 festival season, Jared covered the role of Steve Jobs in the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs written by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell.
While in his residency at AVA, Jared reached international attention by participating in some of the world's most renowned vocal competitions. He was an Encouragement Award winner at the 2016 George London Foundation Vocal Competition, a Fifth Prize winner at the 2016 Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, a Finalist in the 2015 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition held at the Dutch National Opera, a Fifth Prize winner at the 2015 Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, nominated for a 2015 and 2016 Sarah Tucker Study Grant by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a Fourth Prize winner at the 2015 Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition, a First Prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and a Grand Finalist in the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, where he performed with maestro Fabio Luisi and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In addition to such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera, Jared has made concert appearances as a soloist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with maestro Yu Long. He was a soloist at the BrAVA Philadelphia! 80th Anniversary Gala Concert held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in the spring of 2015. In October of 2016 Jared opened the George London Foundation Recital Series with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard at the Morgan Library & Museum. In December of 2016, Jared made his debut with the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra at the Church of the Ascension as a soloist. In 2017 Jared organized a collaborative concert with the Independence foundation to benefit the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia and also presented recitals organized by Daisy Soros and Richard Gaddes.
Before his residency at AVA, Jared was an apprentice singer with The Santa Fe Opera during the 2013 festival season where he performed the role of Baron Grog (La Grande-Duchesse De Gerolstein) alongside Susan Graham and covered the roles of Colonel Isaacson and Justice Wills in the world premiere of Oscar and the title role in Le Nozze Di Figaro. In 2016, Jared returned to the Santa Fe Opera for a second apprenticeship to perform the role of Bello (La Fanciulla del West) featuring Patricia Racette and cover the roles of Olivier (Capriccio) and Don Giovanni. He was also awarded the Donald Gramm Memorial Award.
Jared received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Utah in 2010, minoring in music and completing a full pre-medical curriculum. After receiving his degree, Jared shifted his focus from medicine to voice and performed his first role as John Brooke in Mark Adamo's Little Women with the University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble. He also covered the title role of Don Giovanni with the Lyric Opera Ensemble and made his company debut with Utah Opera as the Second Prisoner (Fidelio) and the Usher (Rigoletto).
Looking to the future, Jared will make his professional debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) in June of 2018.