Jared Holt has a degree in Classics and Law (Honours). Winner of the 2000 Mobil Song Quest in New Zealand, he furthered his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music in London, and later joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Having enjoyed a successful career as a baritone, Jared has now made the transition to tenor.
As a baritone, Jared appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Northern Sinfonia, Opera Australia, New Zealand Opera, and at the Adelaide and Auckland Festivals. His baritone roles included Silvano (Un Ballo in maschera), Schaunard (La Boheme), Valentin (Faust); Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus); Silvio (Pagliacci); and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). His oratorio and concert performances included Bach Passions and Christmas Oratorio; Britten War Requiem; Handel Messiah; and Orff Carmina Burana. Jared also recorded the role of Melot (Tristan und Isolde) with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano on EMI Classics.
Jared made his debut as a tenor, with the New Zealand String Quartet in a new song cycle, In Memoriam, by Janet Jennings. Recent performances include Young’s Man, Sitting in a Garden (World Premiere, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra), the Prologue and Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw (New Zealand Opera), Opera in the Park, Nelson, Mozart’s Requiem (Christchurch Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy (Napier Civic Choir), Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Messiah (Auckland Choral Society), Rachmaninov’s The Bells (Orchestra Wellington) and Messiah (Christchurch City Choir).