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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, also attending the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in those years. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award. He has also received 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.  

Jeremy’s engagements in 2019 will include recitals for Music Viva at the Melbourne Recital Centre and in Coffs Harbour, St John Passion at the Canberra International Music Festival, and the Opera Gala concerts with both the Queensland Symphony and the Canberra Symphony Orchestras. He will also feature in the world premiere season of Elliott Gyger's operatic adaption of Oscar and Lucinda with Sydney Chamber Opera, and present a lieder recital with Alexandra Flood at the Northern Lights Festival in Trømso, Norway.

Last year Jeremy made his company debuts with Sydney Chamber Opera as Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia and with Pinchgut Opera in The Coronation of Poppea. He returned to Victorian Opera as Walter Furst in William Tell, Badger and Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen, Albert in The Magic Pudding, and as Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia at the Dark MoFo Festival, Hobert. Jeremy also appeared with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Nielson’s Symphony No. 3, the Melbourne Bach Choir in St John Passion and the Duruflé Requiem, the latter on a European tour.  Further engagements included Second Elder (Susanna, Handel) for Handel In The Theatre Canberra, 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 engagements and career highlights include his Brisbane Baroque Festival debut as Teobaldo in Handel's Faramondo, appearances with Victorian Opera as Lord Valton in I puritani, Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd, and Mother in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, 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 Touring.

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

Jeremy has also appeared in recital and as soloist with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Consort of Melbourne, Australian Boys Choir, and St. John's Southgate, Melbourne.

Jeremy Kleeman is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au 
March 2019
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