American Bass Jeffrey Beruan is an important young artist who possesses a rich, sonorous, and striking voice that moves with elegance and agility. His singing has been described as "intensely dramatic," "melodious," and "powerful." An excellent actor, the young bass has received acclaim for bringing dramatic life to the smallest roles: "Jeffrey Beruan proved that there are no small parts by giving us a splendid Angelotti impressive in stature, good looks and rich baritone...."(Chautauqua Daily News). The New York Times said of his performance for Caramoor: “Jeffrey Beruan sang with a mellifluous bass and chilling conviction as Sparafucile, the assassin.”
The 2015-2016 for Mr. Beruan comprises a reprise of Zuniga for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the King of Egypt and a role debut singing Fernando for Sarasota Opera, and a return to Florentine Opera Company for a reprise of Bonze while his 2016-2017 Season to date includes a reprise of what is becoming a signature role,Sarastro. 2014-2015 saw Mr. Beruan in company and role debuts as well as re-engagements. Mr. Beruan debuted with Washington Concert Opera under the baton of the distinguished Antony Walker in a reprise of Capellio, debuted with Florida Grand Opera in a reprise of Bonze, debuted with Florentine Opera Company in a role debut of Reverend Baines, debuted with Opera Southwest in a debut of Spettro in Franco Faccio’s Amleto, and a return to Portland Opera in a reprise of Zuniga, the bass solo in the Messiah for Seattle Orchestra and the bass solo in the Beethoven's 9th Symphony for Caramoor.Read more...
Engagements in the 2013-2014 Season for Mr. Beruan included a role debut as Sarastro (The Magic Flute ) for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, a role debut as George Benton, the Prison Warden in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Madison Opera, a reprise of Ferrando (Il Trovatore – for Sarasota Opera), a role and company debut singing Pluton in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers for Gotham Chamber Opera a return to the highly regarded Caramoor International Music Festival where he sang Sparafucile along with a reprise of Sarastro for Opera Saratoga Company.
Engagements in the 2013-2014 Season for Mr. Beruan include a role debut as George Benton, the Prison Warden in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Madison Opera, a reprise of Ferrando (Il Trovatore – for Sarasota Opera), a role and company debut singing Pluton in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers for Gotham Chamber Opera and a role debut as Sarastro (The Magic Flute ) for Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Mr. Beruan looks forward to a return to the distinguished Caramoor International Music Festival along with a reprise of Sarastro for a TBA Company in 2014-2015.
The 2012-2013 seasons comprised noteworthy debuts singing Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) with Madison Opera, Ferrando (Il Trovatore) for Minnesota Concert Opera, Der Lautsprecher (Der Kaiser von Atlantic) with the New Millenium Orchestra of Chicago, and a reprise Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) for the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He returned to Tulsa Opera to sing Pasquale in The Most Happy Fella and then to Sarasota Opera where he performed both Count Ceprano (Rigoletto) and King Morpheus in the world premier of Little Nemo in Slumberland by American composer Daron Aric Hagen.
The 2011-2012 Season included key assignments for Mr. Beruan. As a Bel Canto Artist with Caramoor International Music Festival, he sang Capellio (I Capuleti ed I Montecchi) in what was described as "forceful, compelling, even sentimental…. [a] fantastic performance.” He sang Melchthal (Guillaume Tell) - also for the Caramoor - and again received praise for his singing which was executed "resonantly and most movingly.” Adding to his growing Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire while at Caramoor, Mr. Beruan performed the Carpenter’s Matein HMS Pinafore. He completed the season in a return to Sarasota Opera and there performed the Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and Lodovico (Otello).
Jeffrey Beruan continued to add roles to his growing repertoire as a young artist in the 2010-2011 Season. He sang Count Ceprano (Rigoletto) for Portland Opera, covered Don Quichotte (Don Quichotte) for Tulsa Opera, performed La Poeta (Viva la Mamma) for Opera Saratoga – formerly Lake George Opera – sang Acciano (I Lombardi) for Sarasota Opera and covered Leporello (Don Giovanni), also for Sarasota Opera. The season followed on a full 2009-2010 schedule which included The Poet in the west coast premier of Phillip Glass's Orphée –recorded live on the Orange Mountain Music label – for the Portland Opera, and he was heard in the role of Plutone (Il Ballo delle Ingrate) also at Portland Opera. He sang Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as a guest artist in the Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program production and returned to Chautauqua Opera where he covered Ferrando (Il Trovatore) and sang Angelotti (Tosca) to excellent acclaim.
From 2006-2008 during his tenure as a Young Artist with Portland Opera YAP, Jeffrey Beruan enjoyed numerous important assignments which contributed essential grounding in his fach. He sang The King in Aida, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Zuniga in Carmen, Nettuno/Tempo/Antinoo in Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, The Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, and he added Sarastro and The Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) and Garibaldo (Rodelinda) in cover assignments for the company. Also in the period, he made his company debut with Mock’s Crest where he performed Sir Roderic Murgatroydin another Gilbert & Sullivan gem, Ruddigore. Other noteworthy role additions in the period consisted of The Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila for the Winter Opera of St. Louis, Snug the Joiner in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opera North and The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Giorgioin The Gondoliers for Chautauqua Opera.
Jeffrey Beruan is the recipient of several awards. He was the First Place Winner of the Northwest District National MET Council Auditions in 2007 and 2009. He was awarded the Mandelker and Harris Fund Grant by Sarasota Opera, the Outstanding Apprentice Award from Chautauqua Opera, and was honored with an Encouragement Award at the Eleanor Lieber Awards Competition. He received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kansas where he sang Dr. Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Pistola (Falstaff), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), and the title role in The Mikado, among others.