Baritone Aaron Jacob Keeney makes his POP debut as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore. This past summer, he returned to the Glimmerglass Festival, where he will be sang Moralès in Carmen, and covered Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. This past season as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera, he performed Ophémon in Joseph Bolgone’s The Anonymous Lover and Escamillo in Carmen. Previously with Minnesota opera, he was seen as Sid in their filmed production of Albert Herring. Some of his favorite past roles include Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, and both Count Almaviva and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Aaron is graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dr. Robert C. White Jr. At Juilliard, he covered Leporello in Don Giovanni and Don Alfonso in Così Fan Tutte. He was also a recipient of the Novick Career Advancement Grant and an encouragement award winner from the Gerda Lissner Foundation for song repertoire. In the summer of 2019, he was an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, where he covered Schaunard in La bohème, which he was scheduled to reprise at Juilliard in 2020.
On the concert stage, Aaron has been heard recently with the Glimmerglass Festival on the Gods and Mortals program. He also appeared with Apollo’s Fire in their Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain concert series in 2018. With the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, he performed selections of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. He has also been a soloist in such classic works as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Händel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem.
When not singing, Aaron tutors physical science and mathematics. He enjoys backgammon, bridge, and chess, as well has hanging out with his dog, Marie.