AZO Cast Members & Creatives
California native baritone Jared Bybee is a fourth-year resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts under the direction of maestro Christopher Macatsoris and voice teacher Bill Schuman, where he has performed such roles as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Germont in La traviata, Marcello in La bohème, Valentin in Faust, the title role of Don Giovanni, Manfredo in L'Amore Dei Tre Re, Michele in Il Tabarro, the title role of Rigoletto, has covered the roles Lescaut in Manon and the title role of The Demon, and is currently preparing to perform as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor.
While in his residency, Jared has 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 days before, a Grand Finalist in the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert where he performed on stage with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by maestro Fabio Luisi.
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 under the direction of 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. Most recently, Jared made his debut with the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra at the Church of the Ascension for their annual Candlelight Christmas Concerts.
Before his residency at the Academy, Jared was an apprentice singer with The Santa Fe Opera during the 2013 festival season where he performed the role of Baron Grog in 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 The Marriage of Figaro. In 2016, Jared returned to the Santa Fe Opera for a second apprenticeship to perform the role of Bello in La Fanciulla del West featuring Patricia Racette, and cover the roles of Olivier in Capriccio and the title role of Don Giovanni.
Jared received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Utah in 2010, where he also completed a Music Minor and 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 in Fidelio and the Usher in Rigoletto.
Looking to the future, Jared will make his professional debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut in May of 2018.