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. Jake was a 2018 Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist and in June 2019 completed the young artist programme at the National Opera Studio in London.
In August 2020 Jake joined the Opera Studio of Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf/Duisburg) and remained a member until July 2022. During this time Jake took on many roles/concerts on the main stage as well as taking part in masterclasses with artists such as Marius Vlad, Helmut Deutsch, Linda Watson and Barbara Frittoli. During DOR’s new, staged production of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Jake (as well as being a vocal soloist) was featured as an on-stage instrumentalist playing several obligati on the Clarinet including an arrangement of his own. Jake’s orchestral arrangements have also been performed by the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Jake joined the Soloist Ensemble at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in August 2022 and his roles this season include: Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ping (Turandot), Dandini (La Cenerentola) and Albert (Märchen im Grand-Hotel).
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 and has also appeared in musical theatre pit bands playing various woodwind instruments. During the pandemic Jake also made a great deal of multi-tracked instrumental/vocal projects playing various instruments, these can be found on his YouTube channel.