Promising young tenor, Jacob Bernado, is based in Seattle, Washington. He currently studies with Jay Rozendaal at Western Washington University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in June 2018.
Mr. Bernado made his debut with Lyric Opera Northwest, singing the role of Gaston in La Traviata under the baton of Maestro Brian Davenport in 2017 and Ruiz in Il Trovatore with Puget Sound Concert Opera (under the baton of Maestro Bernard Kwiram) in February 2018.
His 2018-2019 engagements include covering Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia and Des Grieux in Manon as part of Puget Sound Concert Opera's new Studio Artist program. He will also sing the role of Parpignol in Pacific Northwest Opera's production of La Bohème.
As a student at WWU, he has appeared in several opera studio and theatre productions, including singing the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan Tutte, which received First Place for Division II in the 2015‐2016 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition. In September 2017, he appeared in Western Summer Theatre's production of The Secret Garden, a musical composed by Marsha Norman based on the 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, portraying the role of Archibald Craven. In April 2018, he sang the role of Lorenzo in the West Coast premiere of William Bolcom's Lucrezia at WWU.
During the summer of 2017, he studied at the Pacific Lutheran University Summer Opera Workshop, singing Gherardo Donati in Gianni Schicchi, and the Seattle Opera Summer Academy, where he sang Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land and had the pleasure of participating in a master class with Weston Hurt. In the summer of 2018, he will be a Young Artist in the CoOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College.
As a member of WWU's Concert Choir, he has sung nationally and internationally, including for the Prey for the Gods video game soundtrack. Jacob has been the recipient of the Ada and Don Walter Endowment Fund Scholarship, the Virginia Hunter Voice Scholarship, and the Dorothy Kirk Westman Scholarship in Music, and has has participated in masterclasses with conductor Dean Williamson and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack. In March 2018, he was one of the winners of the WWU Concerto Competition.
In May 2017, he organized and performed in a concert setting of Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon as a charity event to raise awareness for the works of female composers and support Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. In 2018, he directed a similar event to support the Sean Humphrey House, a local organization that provides housing and care to low income people living with HIV/AIDS.
In addition to his work as a performer and director, Mr. Bernado is an active teaching artist, offering lessons in voice, beginner piano, and musical theatre audition prep. After graduating from WWU in 2018, Mr. Bernado hopes to attend graduate school in Fall 2019 to earn a Masters in Music in Opera Stage Directing.