Acclaimed for his “exemplary diction and rich baritone voice” (Boston Phoenix), Aaron Engebreth enjoys an active solo career in opera, oratorio and recital. and has devoted considerable energy and time to the performance of new music, often collaborating with many of today’s foremost composers. He has been featured as a concert soloist in performances from Sapporo Japan's Kitara Hall and Boston's Symphony Hall, to Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the AmBul festival of Sofia, Bulgaria. He gave his debut at Washington's Kennedy Center as soloist in Faure's Requiem and Carlyle Sharpe's Proud Music of the Storm. He has been a guest of the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rockport and Monadnock Music Festivals as well as many symphony orchestas, among them Portland, Virginia, San Diego and Charlotte. His 2013/14 season performances include concerts and recordings with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston’s Radius Ensemble, Vancouver International Song Institute, St. Louis Art Museum, the Schubert Club of Minnesota, the Firebird Ensemble and his Carnegie Hall debut in Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. He will also perform solo recitals at Minneapolis's Antonello Hall and the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Engebreth works closely with both established and young composers. As a student, his work with the composer Lukas Foss fostered a passion for premiering new worksand he has since collaborated with composers John Harbison, Libby Larsen, Thea Musgrave, Ned Rorem, Daniel Pinkham, Lee Hyla, Jon Deak and many others, and often has the privilege of working with young composers on their vocal works.
Mr. Engebreth has been recognized for his interpretation of early music and is a frequent soloist with many of the country’s finest early-music organizations including the American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Miami Bach Society, Boston Baroque, Boston Camerata, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Musicians of the Old Post Road. Mr. Engebreth was a regular soloist and core member of Emmanuel Music from 2002-2008, joining a thirty-five year tradition of weekly performances of Bach’s sacred cantatas under the direction of the late Craig Smith. He considers this experience a highlight of his musical life thus far. As a recording artist, he is featured on two operatic recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival and Radio Bremen, both nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Operatic Recording: the 2007 release of Lully's Thésée (also nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award), and the 2008 release of Lully's Psyché. He has recorded the world premiere release of Six Early Songs of Samuel Barber, and Libby Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes, both for Florestan Records. He is featured in recordings of John Deak's The Passion of Scrooge with the Firebird Chamber Ensemble, John Harbison’s Winter’s Tale and Lukas Foss's oratorio The Prairie with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Providence Singers, and he created the role of Jack Matthews in the premier recording of Eric Sawyer's opera Our American Cousin, again with BMOP. In addition, he can be heard as the Policeman in Lukas Foss's opera Griffelkin on Chandos records, and as a soloist in Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies on the Arsis Label. He began a multi-disc project in 2009 recording The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham with the Florestan Recital Project on Florestan Records, the first volume of which was named one of the five best contemporary music releases of the year by NPR and American Public Media. While on the music faculty of Tufts University, he was twice awarded faculty development grants to study music of the French baroque in Paris. Aaron has also served on the music faculty of the Boston Conservatory and is Artistic Co-Director of the Florestan Recital Project.