The center's director, Edward Berkeley, presided over an ever-delighting range of physical moments, as simple as baritone Jarrod Lee's Grandfather Clock, his arms askew to suggest the broken face, and as humorous as mezzo-soprano Zaray Rodriguez's Cat (and Lee as an accomplice cat) rubbing up against (Robert) Spano to annoy the conductor." - Aspen Time
..."riveted the audience"...
Matthew White / Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
For our monthly Lunchtime Lecture series, the Postal Museum hosted concert pianist Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan and bass-baritone Jarrod Lee, both of the Washington National Opera. Morgan and Lee riveted the audience with their performance of In the Smoke of the Sting, which shares the stories of three Champion boxers – Joe Louis, Emile Griffith and Muhammad Ali – through music, poetry, and the boxers’ own words. In the Smoke of the Sting explores how each man overcame racism and discrimination in his own way. " - The National Postal Museu
..."projecting power and rage"...
Charles Green / D.C. Metro Theater Arts
Jarrod Lee has a brief but memorable appearance as the Bonze, projecting power and rage in 'Cio-Cio-San'. It is a truly shocking assault that breaks up the celebration." - Bonze in Madama Butterfly
...the more "sultry of the men."
Elle Marie Sullivan / MD Theatre Guide
Jarrod Lee "played the more mature and sultry of the men. Unfortunately, his sensual bass was not featured often but he did solo on “How Deep is the Ocean,” which was a truly beautiful performance. He also partnered up with Perry on “Anything You Can Do” from the classic musical ‘Annie Get Your Gun.’ They made an excellent team and brought a new humor to this Broadway classic." - Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody (cabaret)
"...emotional highs and lows ranging from poignancy to good humor."
Terry Ponick / Communities Digital News
In addition to mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Mondragon, who also impressed in “Goyescas” earlier this season, the show’s sterling cast includes soprano Jaely Chamberlain, tenor Cornelius David (aka “C.J.”), bass-baritone Jarrod Lee, baritone Garrett Matthews and mezzo-soprano Krislynn T. Perry. Individually and in ensemble every one of them seemed to know instinctively how to express and sell each song, hitting the emotional highs and lows ranging from poignancy to good humor." - from Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody (cabaret
..."wraps his rich voice around the standard"...
Jeffery Walker / D.C. Theatre Scene
Krislynn Perry"is joined by Jarrod Lee for the ultimate male-female musical duel, “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun. Lee also wraps his rich voice around the standard 'How Deep is the Ocean.'" - Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody
"What deep resonance Lee provides"..
David Siegel / D.C. Metro Theater Arts
"what deep resonance Lee provides to this anthem about love. Very Stylish." - Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody
..."Jarrod Lee made the strongest impression"...
Marc Shulgold / Opera News
Among the scrunched-together 'radio' actors, Jarrod Lee made the strongest impression, handling the dialogue for Somarone with the same comic flair he displayed as Benoit/Alcindoro in AOC's Bohème." - Opera New
Marc Shulgold / Opera News
In the Aspen Music Festival and School's production of La boheme by Puccini, "Jarrod Lee was the vocally assured Benoit (and, later, the Alcindoro)." - La boheme
"Beautiful and Musical Talents"
Susan Galbraith / DC Theatre Scene
"Jarrod Lee and Aaron Reeder, two of the fine ensemble, are two strong musical talents, and I predict we shall be hearing much more of them for their beautiful voices." - Lost in the Star
..."a magnificent portrait of rectitude and icy power."
Susan Galbraith / DC Theatre Scene
"Bass singer Jarrod Lee, who played Jagger, Havisham’s solicitor, used his voice to cut through and intimidate the rest of the throng. He carried his tall figure well, moving his hands with such economy of means, his was a magnificent portrait of rectitude and icy power. " from Miss Havisham's Fire
..."acting and singing are all the more impressive"...
Jane C. Elkin / Bay Weekly
"When he cuts loose, his acting and singing are all the more impressive for his earlier staged ineptness." - from Naughty Marietta
..."Seemingly effortless bass baritone"...
Cecelia Porter / Washington Post
"Jarrod Lee had a seemingly effortless bass baritone and was well cast as the smarmy, garrulous Dulcamara." - Love Potion #1 (l'elisir d'amore)
..."big dramatic presence"...
Patrick Klink / examiner.com
"The show opened with the 'Piano, pianissimo' number featuring Jarrod Lee as Fiorello. Lee's rich tone and big dramatic presence set the stage nicely for Count Almaviva's opening aria, the serenade '"Ecco ridente in cielo.'" - Barbiere di Siviglia
..."pay attention to Jarrod Lee's Fiorello at the beginning of the opera. The young bass-baritone couples his sharp, focused voice with some well-timed expressions and movements, excellent in the comic opera context."
Megan Ihnen / The Sybaritic Singer
Another crowd favorite at the Baltimore Concert Opera’s Auditions was Jarrod Lee. The judges made sure to tell the audience that Lee just created the role of Joe Louis in the Maryland Opera Studio production of Shadowboxer. You can read a review of that here. Opening with I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, it would be difficult not to notice Lee’s straightforward diction and buttery voice. Audition key: don’t forget that you are always auditioning. You never know who is in the audience at your opera performance." - Baltimore Concert Oper
..."a rich baritone voice"...
Kate Weber-Petrov / Opera Today
"Jarrod Lee, whose portrayal of old Joe Louis is, without a doubt, the highlight of the show. With a rich baritone voice that seems to glide effortlessly through even the most demanding passages, Lee gives a performance that is both musically refined and poignantly acted. His sensitive portrayal of Louis is the crux of the show’s effectiveness as a psychological drama." - Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis
..."certainly a singer to watch in the future."
Deborah Thurlow / Opera Today
"Jarrod Lee gave an outstanding performance as he embodied the aged and broken Louis. He sang nearly ninety-five percent of the opera wheeling around in a wheel chair. The logistics and energy of continuing that for two hours was a feat unto itself. Exhibiting excellent musicianship, he sang the difficult, angular vocal lines with a commanding, emotional baritone throughout the opera. Lee is certainly a singer to watch in the future." - Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis
John Devlin, Opera Today
"Jarrod Lee is superior in both his singing and acting as Old Joe, the most difficult role in the opera. He portrays the frail Louis who watches all of the action, interacting with the figures from his past as he floats from memory to memory. Never breaking his intense focus, Lee provides visceral reactions as he gains insight into his own life. Especially during the second act, a large musical burden is placed upon the Old Joe character. Lee navigates the difficult singing with masterful skill, and brings depth and honesty to the role." - Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis
Jessica Abbazio / Opera Today
"Lee’s portrayal of Old Joe is beautifully acted and impeccably sung".. - Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis
..."hits the mark."
Tim Smith / Clef Notes The Baltimore Sun
"...his passionate phrasing hits the mark." - Shadowboxer: an opera based on the life of Joe Louis