, born and raised in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, has performed a variety of roles on the operatic stage. His quick, kind, and lovable demeanor has charmed audiences in such roles as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Schaunard in La Boheme, and even as Frosch in Die Fledermaus where he “never sang a note yet stole the third act with his hilarious delivery of lines” (Lee Shephard, the Broome Country Arts Council). His varied repertoire also includes Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen (Constant/Bizet), Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, and the Bass-baritone in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox.
Jake has been a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, an emerging artist at Seagle Music Colony, an artist in residence with Tri-Cities Opera and Opera Memphis, and even served as a performer and staff choreographer with Bel Cantanti Opera’s Summer Festival. Jake received his Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from Susquehanna University, and his Masters Degree in Opera from Binghamton University.