BM, New England Conservatory; MM, Yale University; DMA, Rutgers University: Jerrold Pope gained critical acclaim appearing as an ECCO Artist with the Cincinnati Opera Company. His credits went on to include Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Glyndebourne and Buxton Opera; London Proms with conductor Leonard Bernstein; Schleswig-Holstein Musikfest and Tanglewood Music Festivals with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa; Netherlands Opera Forum in Amsterdam; Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, and Kiel Oper in Germany, as well as performances with the opera companies of Pittsburgh, Santa Fe, Central City, Boston, Tulsa, Orlando, Grand Rapids, Hawaii, and Anchorage.
He has appeared in concert at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and New York’s Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony. Additionally, he has performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic with conductor James Conlon, the City of Birmingham Symphony with conductor Simon Rattle, and the Pittsburgh, Charleston, St. Louis, Vancouver and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras as well as being a seven-year regular soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra with conductor Keith Lockhart.
Mr. Pope performed the American premiere of Ernst von Dohnányi’s symphonic cantata, Cantus vitae, Op.38 conducted by Dohnányi specialist, Maestro Matthias Bamert at the 2002 International Ernst von Dohnányi Festival. With Boston Musica Viva he sang in the American premiere of Dutch composer Theo Loevendie’s chamber opera, Gassir the Hero. He premiered the chamber work In Night, written for him by Czech composer, Ladislav Kubik and recorded for the Col Legno label. Mr. Pope has also performed several world premieres of American composer Timothy Hoekman’s including the vocal chamber work, Then Swims Up the Great Round Moon and more recently Suite Italiana, for baritone and harpsichord, written for him and published in 2010.
Mr. Pope previously served on the voice faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and held a tenured position on the faculty of the Florida State University’s College of Music, where he received a 2004 Developing Scholar Award, which led to the publication of selected Lieder of Robert Fuchs. Mr. Pope was a 2003 NATS Master Teacher for the Summer Intern Workshop. Besides giving master classes at various institutions across the country, he has taught recurring master classes at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Sydney Opera House for their Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program, and various MENC and NATS regional conferences. Mr. Pope has been an adjudicator for the Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition, the International Francesco Paolo Tosti Singing Competition, the Benton-Schmidt Vocal Competition, and the NATSSA Competition. He is currently co-director of the Barga Opera Festival in Barga, Italy, and now serves as Chair of the voice department at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, School of Music.