Jonathan Woody


Bass-baritone Jonathan Woody maintains a full schedule of concert, operatic and chamber engagements, peforming primarily early and new music in New York and across North America. Noted for his “resonance and authority,” (Washington Post) Jonathan has made appearances in recent seasons with historically-informed orchestras and companies including Boston Early Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra and New York Baroque Incorporated. Recent and upcoming operatic highlights include the modern premiere of F.D. Phildor’s Le Marechal Ferrant with Opera Lafayette, Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Opera Idaho, and a national tour of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Apollo’s Fire. Jonathan is commitment to ensemble singing at the highest level and is regularly featured as a member of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, earning praise as "charismatic" and "riveting" from the New York Times for his solo work. He performs regularly with TENET Vocal Artists, Spire Chamber Ensemble, the Thirteen, and with the Clarion Choir, notably on a 2019 international tour of Handel’s Semele with the English Concert, covering the roles of Somnus and Cadmus. 

An avid performer of new music, Jonathan has premiered several works in recent years, including Ted Hearne's The Source (2014), a seminal work on the subject of Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s actions regarding the leak of classified U.S. documents. He is also featured on the cast recording of that work (New Amsterdam) and has reprised it a LA Opera’s REDCAT and San Francisco Opera Lab. Other recent premieres include Ellen Reid’s p r i s m, 2019 Pulitzer-Prize winner, the NYC premiere of Missi Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, Du Yun’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Angel’s Bone, and works by Zachary Wadsworth and Laura Schwendiger. 

Jonathan appears regularly at Staunton Music Festival and Carmel Bach Festival, and has performed with Portland Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival (as 2014 Vocal Fellow), American Bach Soloists Academy, and Amherst Early Music (appearing with New York Polyphony). Jonathan has recorded with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street under the Musica Omnia label and is featured on their GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Israel in Egypt. Other recording credits include Boston Early Music Festival’s St. Matthew Passion of J. Sebastiani (RadioBremen), New York Polyphony’s Roma Æterna (BIS Records), and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s Missa Gentis Humanae (Musica Omnia). Jonathan's musical pursuits extend beyond his voice, and in recent seasons he has been commissioned as a composer for groups including the Handel & Haydn Society, Lorelei Ensemble and the Uncommon Music Festival. Jonathan enjoys a richly varied life in the arts based in Brooklyn, NY, and holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Maryland, College Park.