Jesse Malgieri is a versatile singing actor, whose repertoire spans the musical genres of grand opera, operetta, art song, oratorio, and “Golden Age” musical theater.
Upcoming, he returns to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, on the Big Island, as the title role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and debuts with the Virginia Chorale as baritone soloist for Brahm’s Ein deutches Requiem.
Recent engagements include the premier of Moto Osada’s opera Four Nights of Dream at the Japan Society in New York City and in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to that, Jesse premiered with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, singing Pooh-Bah in The Mikado and he returned to the Princeton Festival, as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, having previously appeared there as Count Carl Magnus in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
John Timpane, music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Phili.com, said of his performance in Man of La Mancha, “a summer gem. Malgieri startled from the first notes, his voice transcended the space. Malgieri renders Quixote as visionary, confident, focused.”
His past international engagements include Happy in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West with the Munich Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Spain, Four Nights of Dream with the Bunka Kaikan Theater in Tokyo, and King Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, with the Kyrenia Opera in Cyprus.
Domestically, Jesse has sung with the American opera companies and festivals of Santa Fe, North Carolina, Central City, Caramoor, Sarasota, Princeton, Castleton, and Fire Island. He has also been a fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the Marc and Eva Stern Fellow with SongFest, at the Colburn School, Los Angeles.
With a special interest in recital work, Jesse has presented programs at Indiana University, the Teller House at Central City Opera in Colorado, the National Opera Center in New York City, and with renowned collaborative pianist Martin Katz at the prestigious Colburn School in Los Angeles, as part of SongFest.
Mark Swed, the music critic for the LA Times, wrote of his recital performance, “(the) baritone was a main course, the major news of the day…exquisite intricacies of sororities, giving the impression of whispering truisms directly in each listener's ears."
Jesse’s artistry has won him awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Sarasota Opera, the Chateauville Foundation, the Bel Canto Foundation, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.
Malgieri earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Timothy Noble.
Photo by Natasha Kimodo