Countertenor In Recital At Adelaide Festival

Bound for the Adelaide Festival, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. Photo credit Dario Acosta

Where: Adelaide Town Hall

When: Tuesday 9 March 8 pm

American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen is just 26 years old, but is already one of the classical world’s most promising vocal stars. In 2021, he makes his Australian and role debuts as Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s fantasy opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Adelaide Festival in the acclaimed Neil Armfield production, conducted by Britten scholar Paul Kildea.

As well as his season in the opera, this remarkable counter-tenor will also give a recital at the Adelaide Festival with pianist Konstantin Shamray, performing songs by Duparc, Brahms, Ravel and Leslie Adam’s exquisite setting of Prayer by Langston Hughes.

Aryeh’s first commercial recording project, the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs’ Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, won a 2019 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium category. He has followed this up with a swag of prestigious awards. This season, he also makes his Metropolitan Opera debut as Rosencrantz in the Met and U.S. premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet in the Neil Armfield production, conducted by Maestro Nicholas Carter.

Highlights of the past season included the role of David in Barrie Kosky’s heralded production of Handel’s Saul at Houston Grand Opera, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

A native of New York City, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen became the first countertenor in the history of the Houston Grand Opera Studio during the 2017-18 season.  His performances have included numerous roles in opera and on the concert stage as well as in recordings.

The recital: Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen/ Piano Konstantin Shamray   

Works by Johannes Brahms, G.F. Handel, Henri Duparc, Roger Quilter, H. Leslie Adams, Florence Price, plus a short set of jazz standards.





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