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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 Feb 2016

 St. Matthew Passion, Melbourne Bach Choir
“...Jeremy Kleeman impressing yet again for his bass-baritone's projection and semi-dark timbre...”
Clive O’Connoll, The Age, March 2016

Jeremy Kleeman is a graduate of Victorian Opera's Developing Artist Program, and has a Master of Music (Opera Performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. In 2014 and 2015, Jeremy was a scholar with Melba Opera Trust on the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship, and was the 2016 recipient of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award.  

In 2016, Jeremy received widespread critical acclaim, as well as Helpmann and Green Room Award Nominations, as Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, for the role of Magus in Musica Viva and Victorian Opera's Voyage to the Moon which toured nationally.  Other engagements last year included St. Matthew Passion with both Newcastle University Choir and Melbourne Bach Choir, Toby Raven in the world premiere season of Cloudstreet (George Palmer) for State Opera of South Australia and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Australia Tour.  

In 2017, Jeremy will make his company debuts with Sydney Chamber Opera and Pinchgut Opera, featuring in The Rape of Lucretia and The Coronation of Poppea respectively, and will return to Victorian Opera to play the roles of Badger and Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen. He also sings St John Passion and Duruflé Requiem with Melbourne Bach Choir as well as appearing at Opera in the Market, The Murray River International Music Festival, Opera By The Lakes (Gippsland Opera), Opera in the Paddock (Opera North West) and The Canberra International Music Festival. 

Other recent career highlights include his Brisbane Baroque Festival debut as Teobaldo in Handel's Faramondo, winning the Merenda Prize after advancing to the final of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, and featuring in Victorian Opera’s season as Lord Valton in I puritani, Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd, and Mother in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins.

Past roles for Victorian Opera include Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Marquis D’Obiginy in La traviata, featured vocalist in Assembly for the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals (in collaboration with Chunky Move), and Albert the Pudding in the world premiére of The Magic Pudding – The Opera. 

Jeremy has appeared as an oratorio soloist with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Consort of Melbourne, Australian Boys Choir, St. John's Southgate, and St. Francis Church, Melbourne. Jeremy is also an experienced recitalist of art song and lieder, recently presenting recitals featuring the music of Finzi, Britten, Ravel, and Schumann.

Jeremy Kleeman is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au 
May 2017
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