Jake Muffett (baritone) was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire where he attended The King’s School Grantham. He graduated from the University of York and subsequently the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before completing the school’s opera programme under Dominic Wheeler and Martin Lloyd-Evans in 2018. Jake receives vocal tuition from John Evans. In June 2019 Jake completed the young artist programme at the National Opera Studio in London. Jake is currently a member of the Opera Studio at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf/Duisburg) and will remain a member until the end of the 2021/2022 season.
Jakes roles at Deutsche Oper am Rhein include Roman in The Comedian Harmonists in Concert, Don Quijote in De Falla's Meister Pedros Puppenspiel (original title: El retablo de maese Pedro) and Steuermann in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.
Jake was a Jerwood young artist for the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival where he performed the role of the Official Registrar in Madama Butterfly. Jake made his international operatic debut in a major role as Mauregato in Opéra de Baugé’s production of Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella as part of their 2019 season. He has performed in multiple productions with the Northern Opera Group in Leeds and has recently covered the role of Figaro for Welsh National Opera for their 2020 UK tour of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Jake’s experience also stretches in the world of musical theatre where he recently (under the direction of Keith Warner and Roland Böer) performed the role of Lt. Barri in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion for the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano.
Jake has featured as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall in London on multiple occasions performing Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah for conductors such as Bob Chilcott, Ben Parry and Brian Kay. Working with The Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner Jake has also appeared as a soloist in major concert venues across Europe including the Berlin Philharmoniker, the Barbican Centre and the Royal Chapel in the Palace of Versailles.
A keen semi-professional clarinettist, Jake still plays with orchestras and chamber groups when the opportunity arises. He has even occasionally been known to appear in musical theatre pit bands playing various woodwind instruments.