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“Why do the Nations”, Handel Messiah, Canberra International Music Festival 2017
“ …extraordinary young bass-baritone from Melbourne, Jeremy Kleeman whose dynamic rhythmic and melodic clarity, evenness of tone and assured presence delivered one of the truly great moments of this entire festival.”
Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine, May 8, 2017

Marriage of Figaro, Regional Tour, Opera Australia
“…Fast rising bass Jeremy Kleeman makes his Opera Australia debut as Figaro, a role that is surely the first of a great many engagements with the company. A versatile and charismatic performer, Kleeman is reliably nimble and expressive in the role”.
Simon Parris, Man in Chair, July 16, 2016

Voyage to the Moon, Victorian Opera and Music Viva
“...Revealing star potential, Kleeman brings a charming dash of humour, while shaping the vocal line with elegant fullness”.
Eamonn Kelly, The Australian, Febuary 2016

Haydn's Il mondo della luna —, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, November 2019 

 "Jeremy Kleeman offers an incredibly warm, smooth and secure bass-baritone as Ernesto" - Sam Smith, Music Omh

Britten's Curlew River —Moscow, Russia with Tchaikovsky Conservatorium and Royal College of Music, December 2019, 

"..... Bass Baritone Jeremy Kleeman (Traveller) and baritone Julien Van Mallaerts (Ferryman) amazed with their flexibility and virtuosic control of the voice." - Muzlife Magazine (Translated from Russian)

Winner of the 2019 Australian International Opera Award, Bass Baritone Jeremy Kleeman is a graduate of the prestigious Opera Studio at the Royal College of Music, London.  In 2021, he performs the title role in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Queensland.


A ‘versatile and charismatic’ performer, Jeremy has created several roles in world premiere productions. Notably, Magus in Alan Curtis and Michael Gow’s baroque pastiche Voyage to the Moon (Musica Viva/Victorian Opera) for which his performance was nominated for both Helpmann and Green Room awards, Mr. Jeffris/Reverend Stratton in Elliot Gyger and Pierce Wilcox’s adaptation of Oscar and Lucinda (Sydney Chamber Opera), Toby Raven in George Palmer’s adaptation of Cloudstreet (State Opera of South Australia), and Albert the Pudding in Calvin Bowman and Anna Goldsworthy’s adaptation of The Magic Pudding (Victorian Opera).


In Europe, Jeremy performed Traveller in the Moscow premiere of Britten’s Curlew River, sang Bass soloist in Bach Cantatas 33, 164 and 77 with London Handel Players at Tilford Bach Festival, featured as an Apostle in London Philhormic Orchestra’s presentation of Elgar’s Apostles, and appeared in recital with soprano Alexandra Flood and pianist Rudi Spring at the Tromsø Northern Lights Festival.  At the Royal College of Music, Jeremy performed Don Inigo Gomez in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and Ernesto in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna for which Music Ohm wrote, ‘Jeremy Kleeman offers an incredibly warm, smooth and secure bass-baritone as Ernesto’.


In Australia, Jeremy has appeared on the concert platform with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and Melbourne Bach Choir amongst others and has performed operatic roles including Walter Furst in Guillaume Tell (Victorian Opera), Second Elder in Handel’s Susanna (Handel in the Theatre), Collatinus in Kip William’s daring production of The Rape of Lucretia (Sydney Chamber Opera/Victorian Opera/Dark MoFo Festival), Famigliari/Tribuno in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Pinchgut Opera), Badger/Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen (Victorian Opera), and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Australia Touring).


Earlier career highlights include his Brisbane Baroque Festival debut as Teobaldo in Handel's Faramondo and appearances with Victorian Opera as Lord Valton in I puritani, Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd, Mother in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Marquis D’Obiginy in La traviata and as a featured vocalist in Assembly at Melbourne and Sydney Festivals (with Chunky Move).


Jeremy was an inaugural member of Victorian Opera’s Masters of Music (Opera Performance) program in collaboration with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and has been a Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholar with Melba Opera Trust.  Jeremy has also been supported by the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award, Australian Music Foundation, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and the Basil Coleman Opera Award.


Jeremy Kleeman is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au 
February 2021
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