(photo: © NOS/Nick Rutter 2018)

Jake Muffett (baritone) was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire where he attended The King’s School Grantham. He graduated from the University of York with a BA(Hons) in Music and received an MMus in vocal performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before completing the school’s opera programme under Dominic Wheeler and Martin Lloyd-Evans in 2018. Jake currently receives vocal tuition from John Evans and is one of the young artists at the National Opera Studio in Wandsworth, London. His studies at NOS are generously supported by Glyndebourne (Glyndebourne New Generation Programme), NOS, Help Musicians UK and Grantham Choral Society.

Alongside his postgraduate studies, Jake was one of the eight Monteverdi Choir apprentices for the academic year 2014/15. During this time he worked closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and performed with the choir in concerts across Europe and the United States. Since completing the apprenticeship he has continued to sing with the group on a regular basis including various solo engagements and featuring as a soloist on the Bach Magnificat in E flat CD released in 2017.

Jake was a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for the 2016 season, covering the role of Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia and performing a principle role in Glyndebourne Youth Opera’s production of Lewis Murphy’s A Garden Dream. Jake is delighted to have returned for the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival as a Jerwood young artist. During the 2018 festival he performed the role of the Official Registrar in Madama Butterfly and covered the roles of the Shepherd and the Footman in Pelléas et Melisande and Vanessa. His most recent operatic roles include the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera; and John Sorrell in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, and Le Marquis de la Force/ 1st Officer in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites for the Guildhall School.

Jake made his major London concert debut at the Royal Albert Hall in Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Really Big Chorus conducted by Bob Chilcott. He sang for TRBC again for the 2017 annual performances of Handel’s Messiah conducted by Ben Parry and Brian Kay, and looks forward to working with them during 2018 and 2019.

A keen semi-professional clarinettist, Jake still plays with orchestras and chamber groups when the opportunity arises. He has even occasionally been known to appear in musical pit bands playing clarinets and saxes, and even flutes and oboes.