Jake Bigwood made his Couch Opera Live debut in July 2020.
Jake Bigwood studied at WAAPA in the Classical vocal stream. Whilst there, Jake had the pleasure of performing roles such as Polyphemus (Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’), Theseus (Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’), Aeneas (Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’), Superintendent Budd (Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’), and Monsieur Presto (Poulenc’s ‘Les mamelles de Tirésias’). In addition, Jake has taken part in a number of ensemble and choral works including, but not limited to: Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, Faure Requiem, and the Rachmaninov Vespers as well as singing as a soloist in Mozart’s requiem.
Since graduating from WAAPA Jake has been fortunate enough to have gained a place with the state opera company as part of their chorus and was in the 2018 productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as performing as part of their primary school education “Sing Out Loud” program. Jake also made his professional debut with the small, independent opera company Freeze Frame Opera with whom he played the role of Sciarrone in their 2019 production of Puccini’s Tosca. In 2019 Jake was the recipient of both the Evelyn and Ralph Thompson Scholarship and the audience choice award with ArtSong Perth before leaving WA for the big smoke of London where he is a student at the Royal Academy of Music.
Whilst in London, Jake had the fortune of gaining a place with the Philharmonia Chorus with whom he sang Handel’s Messiah at Royal Albert Hall as well as gaining a role with British Youth Opera before their 2020 season was unfortunately cancelled. Upon returning to London, Jake will commence rehearsals for Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Academy in which he will be singing the role of Snug before making his concert debut as a soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony.