Biography

Acclaimed for his “rock solid vocalism and powerful projection” and his “fervent, robust” stage presence, Jeffrey Tarr is an emerging bass who appeals to audiences and critics alike.

For his 2015-16 season, Mr. Tarr opens the season with his dream role of “Papa”and welcomes daughter, Brontë Dorian to the cast. 🙂 Thereafter, in February, he sings Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffman with Opera on Tap – Berlin. Mr. Tarr then joins Gut Immling Festspiele, located an hour south-east of Munich, in March to debut three roles. In Die Zauberflöte, he sings Zweiter Geharnischter; in Carmen, he sings Zuniga; and in Handel’s Rinaldo, he sings the role of Argante.

Mr. Tarr opens his 2014-15 season by participating in the inaugural program of the American Wagner Project. This program is directed by world-renown Wagnerian soprano, Luana DeVol, under the auspices of the Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. It entails 4 weeks of intensive coaching, role preparation, voice lessons, and acting lessons. Thereafter, Mr. Tarr debuts the role of Polyphemus in New Dominion Chorale’s semi-staged production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Mr. Tarr joins the Montgomery College Community College to sing as soloist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Part 1). In 2015, he moves to Berlin, Germany to pursue other operatic opportunities. “Hierzu ein anderes Mal mehr.”

For the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Tarr revisits the role of Colline in Carroll Opera’s production of La Bohème. Thereafter, he performs Osmin in The In Series production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio.  The librettist, Bari Biern, and the stage director, Tom Mallon, set the production in the American Old West.  In November, Mr. Tarr has the privilege of performing two of Verdi’s great bass arias, “Ella giammai m’amo” and “Il lacerato spirito” with the Metta Ensemble under the direction of Alexander Kahn in Gettysburg, PA and McLean, VA.  Later in the year, he sings as Bass Soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Cathedral Choral Society under the direction of J Riley Lewis.

For the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Tarr began his season with a series of concerts for Vocal Arts DC.  Mr. Tarr then traveled to Montréal for a series of recitals featuring the original works of Rébecca Arrouvel written in Martinique-Creole. He returned to the stage of the Kennedy Center for one of DC’s most revered holiday traditions, the annual Messiah Sing-a-long, under the direction of Barry Hemphill.  In April, Mr. Tarr sang as bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem with St. Mary’s College.  Later, he performed his first Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème with the Capital City Symphony. In May, he sang Beethoven Ninth with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Elisa Koehler.  In June, Mr. Tarr returned to Urban Arias to perform the role of the Ghost in Mark Adamo’s opera, Avow.  He then finished his 2012-2013 at the Bar Harbor Music Festival singing the roles of Bartolo and Antonio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

For the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Tarr returned to Maryland Concert Opera to perform the role of Sarastro in a semi-staged production of Die Zauberflöte. He sang as bass soloist in two different productions of Handel’s Messiah. The first was at Hood College as Lynn Staininger conducts. After which, he sang the role of Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in Baltimore with the Baltimore Concert Opera. Mr. Tarr returned to New Dominion Chorale to sing as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah for his second performance this season. In February 2012, he made his debut with UrbanArias by singing the role of Jerry in Barab’s short opera, Safari. In April, Mr. Tarr sang Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at Hood College. Mr. Tarr finished his season with a weekend of Mozart when he sang Mozart’s Requiem with the Manassas Chorale and then sang an encore performance of Die Zauberflöte with the Maryland Concert Opera.

In the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Tarr began his season with a performance of Basilio in Baltimore Concert Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviligia. Mr. Tarr performed his first Beethoven Ninth with the New Dominion Chorale under the direction of Tom Beveridge. He appeared with the Chesapeake Chamber Opera in their production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette as Frère Laurent and returned to the Washington National Opera to perform in their production of Don Pasquale as the Notary, alongside James Morris, Dwayne Croft, and Ekaterina Siurina under the baton of Plácido Domingo. He both debuted as the baritone soloist in Brahms Requiem and returned to sing the bass soloist in Mozart Requiem with DC Summers Sings. Mr. Tarr finished his season with an all-Russian recital with Hood College’s Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Tarr has performed Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (Maryland Concert Opera, Peabody Opera Theatre as alumnus), Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviligia (Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera), Benoit in La Bohème (Washington National Opera), Ceprano in Rigoletto (Washington Summer Opera Theatre), Fisherman in Peter Grimes (Washington National Opera), Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring (Opera Vivente), Soldier in The Maid of Orleans (Washington National Opera), Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Landon Symphony), Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Bel Cantanti, Maryland Opera Society) and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia (Peabody Opera Theatre as alumnus). On the concert stage, Mr. Tarr has performed in Handel Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Bach St. John’s Passion, Mozart Requiem, and Bach Magnificat with such organizations as the Manhattan Concert Productions, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, DC Summer Sings, and the New Dominion Chorale. His performance of Messiah with the New Dominion Chorale was lauded by The Washington Post as “outstanding…a large, resonant voice, filled with both power and clarity.”

Mr. Tarr is a former prize winner in the NATSAA-Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Annapolis Opera Competition, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, the Marie Crump Vocal Competition and the Gretchen Hood Vocal Competition.  As a winner of the Vocal Arts Society’s Art Song Discovery Series, Mr. Tarr presented four recital programs at prestigious venues throughout the DC area including the Kennedy Center and the Odeon Concert Series. Mr. Tarr received a Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Tarr resides in Dallas with his bride of seven years, Jessica Tarr, an artist and illustrator, and daughter, Brontë.