Jeremiah Sanders (they/them/he/him) grew up in Marion, Indiana, singing in church choir with their madea. Now, a nationally awarded baritone described as “a hulk … with robust voice and a flair for comedy” (Herald Times). This season, they join the ranks of Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist and Minnesota Opera as a Resident Artist.
Sanders consistently finds success on the competition circuit and won district wins with the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition in Kansas City and Indianapolis. Previously, they won 1st place in the Opera Ebony Voice Competition, 1st place with the Friends of the Symphony (Lima Symphony Orchestra) Young Artist Competition, 2nd place with the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and were a finalist in several national competitions.
Most recently, they played Sharpless in Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s concert version of Madama Butterfly and Bob in IU Jacobs School of Music’s historic production of Highway 1, USA. Last season, their roles included Charlie in South Bend Lyric Opera’s Three Decembers, Falstaff in IU Jacobs School of Music’s production of Falstaff, Lindorf, Coppelius, Dappertutto, and Dr. Miracle in Union Avenue Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann which was nominated for Outstanding Production of an Opera by the St. Louis Theater Circle, and Marcello in IU Jacobs School of Music’s production of La bohème. Sanders’s training includes being a Young Artist at Opera Saratoga, Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto, and the International Opera Performing Experience.
Described as “a composer’s dream to work with,” Sanders regularly workshops and premieres new or rediscovered works. Their substantial interest in 20 th and 21 st century composers and composers of marginalized identities echo their scholarly and artistic musings. Recently, Sanders collaborated with the Cincinnati Song Initiative’s “Let It Be New” endeavor of 10 world premieres this June.
A proud Hoosier, Sanders earned a Performer’s Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Butler University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Voice from Manchester University.