Jonathan Dauermann, bass, was torn between studying music and drama as a child, so perhaps it came as little surprise that he eventually split the difference by finding his way to opera. Born in San Francisco, CA, he grew up in Altadena, CA and was inspired by his parents, who themselves met and married as worship musicians, to study music. After first exploring theatre arts at Los Angeles Valley College and then piano studies at Pasadena City College, Mr. Dauermann found himself an increasingly eager and willing apprentice in the latter college’s opera program, and by the time he returned to San Francisco to complete his Bachelor’s Degree at San Francisco State University, his future life as an opera singer was set.
While at San Francisco State University, Mr. Dauermann starred as Seneca in L’incoronazine di Poppea, Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld. At his graduation, Mr. Dauermann graduated summa cum laude and was honored as a Hood Recipient, one of only a handful of students honored as the top graduating students of their class. Upon the conclusion of his studies, Mr. Dauermann was accepted as a guest student at the Trossingen Hochshule für Musik, spending a year in the Schwarzwald region of Southern Germany studying, performing in numerous concerts and opera scenes, and developing a decreasingly awkward command of the German language. During this time, Mr. Dauermann was honored to join the Tiroler Festspiele Chorus under the baton of Maestro Gustav Kuhn, performing such masterworks as the Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.
Following his time at university, Mr. Dauermann made some appearances in the Los Angeles area, performing as the Sacristan in Tosca with Center Stage Opera of Canoga Park, CA and as Wagner in Faust with Center Stage Opera and Celestial Opera. Following his relocation to New York City, Mr. Dauermann has made numerous appearances, singing Colline in La Boheme with Regina Opera and Amore Opera, Bertrand in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Opera Slavica, Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata with the North Shore Music Festival and Regina Opera, and countless performances with the New York Opera Forum, including appearances as Oroveso in Norma, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Lorenzo and Capellio in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Ariodate and Elviro in Handel’s Serse, and Melisso in Handel’s Alcina.
This season, Mr. Dauermann returns to Amore Opera for their historic American premiere of Peter von Winter’s Das Labyrinth, the official sequel to Die Zauberflöte, starring as the villainous Sithos. He later debuts with Bronx Opera in their New York premiere production of Kirke Mechum’s operatic adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comic classic, The Rivals, covering the role of Baron von Hakenbock. Mr. Dauermann will also be debuting with enCANTA Collective, playing Duke Max in the production of Fritz Kreisler’s operetta Lisa, and with Utopia Opera, singing the role of the Hermit in their Spring 2014 production of Der Freischütz. In May of 2014, Mr. Dauermann will return to Regina Opera as Sparafucilie in their production of Rigoletto. Mr. Dauermann’s appearances with the New York Opera Forum will include performances as Zuniga in Carmen, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and the King of Egypt in Aida. Finally, Mr. Dauermann will be joining Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Canada for their 2014 summer season, where he will sing the role of Theseus in their production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.