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APO announces artist change for Man, Sitting in a Garden

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has announced an artist change to Man, Sitting in a Garden, taking place on Wednesday 15 May at Auckland Town Hall.

Acclaimed New Zealand tenor Jared Holt will join the APO on stage to perform Man, Sitting in a Garden, a new one-man opera with a libretto by award-winning writer Witi Ihimaera and music by composer Kenneth Young.

Holt has a wealth of experience, having enjoyed a successful career as a baritone before making the transition to singing tenor roles. APO is pleased to once again have the opportunity to share the stage with him.

Holt will be replacing tenor Simon O’Neill, who has regrettably had to withdraw from the concert due to ill health. APO wishes O’Neill a speedy recovery and looks forward to performing with him again in the future.

About Jared Holt

Jared Holt was born and raised in New Zealand where he completed a degree in Classics and Law with Honours while continuing to perform opera, oratorio and recitals. In 2000, he won the Mobil Song Quest in New Zealand, enabling him to study at the Royal College of Music in London. He later joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

As a baritone, Jared appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Northern Sinfonia, and closer to home, with Opera Australia, NBR New Zealand Opera, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch City Choir, Napier Civic Choir, and at the Adelaide and Auckland Festivals. His baritone roles at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden included Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), Marullo (Rigoletto), and Schaunard (La Bohème). Other operatic roles he has sung include Valentin (Faust); Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus); Silvio (Pagliacci); and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). His oratorio and concert performances as a baritone included Bach St John and St Matthew Passions, and Christmas Oratorio; Britten War Requiem; Handel Messiah; Orff Carmina Burana; Poulenc Songs with Malcolm Martineau; Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin for BBC Radio Wales with Simon Lepper; and Strauss songs for BBC Radio Northern Ireland with Simon Lepper. Jared Holt recorded the role of Melot (Tristan und Isolde) with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano on EMI Classics.

Jared made his debut as a tenor joining the New Zealand String Quartet to premiere a new song cycle, In Memoriam, by New Zealand composer Janet Jennings. He also travelled to Sydney to cover the title role in Werther for Opera Australia’s 2019 Sydney Summer Season. His future engagements include Prologue/Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw with New Zealand Opera, Mozart’s Requiem with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Nelson Mass with Auckland Choral Society and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy with Napier Civic Choir.

Man, Sitting in a Garden
Wednesday 15 May, 6:00pm
Auckland Town Hall

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