Cast Bio: Justin Berkowitz – Jack

JUSTIN BERKOWITZ, tenor, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been praised for his “exacting and animated” performances, and is quickly gaining national attention for both his character work, as well as his “bright future in bel canto.”

The 2016-17 season began in Central City, CO where Justin appeared as a Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, performing the roles of the Old Miner, Mayor of Leadville and Chester Arthur in The Ballad of Baby Doe. This fall, Justin appeared with the Janesville Symphony for their Bach Magnificat. During 2017, Justin will make several debuts, beginning with DuPage Opera as Nanki-poo in The Mikado. Justin will then appear with Opera on the James as Dr. Cajus in Falstaff. Justin then performs the role of Jack in Into the Woods with St. Petersburg Opera. Fall of 2017 will see return performances with the New Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony and a performance with the Chicago Philharmonic.

2015-2016 brought Justin back to the stages of the Harris Theater, appearing in Chicago Opera Theater’s Lucio Silla, and a performance of the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the Windy City Chorus of Chicago. The 2014-2015 season highlights include concert debuts with the Northwestern University Concert Series and Annapolis Choral Society and Symphony as tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, and the Rochester (MI) Symphony in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Justin was also been invited to perform as guest artist for the Minnehaha Music’s fall concert, featuring Bel Canto arias and operatic hits. During the fall of 2014, he returned to Harris Theater for Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Macbeth.

Justin made several operatic debuts during the 2013-14 season: in fall 2013, he joined the young artist roster at Chicago Opera Theater, then spent several months as resident tenor artist with Opera Naples (FL), where he made his role debut of Beppe in Pagliacci and covered Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He also appeared under the auspices of Opera Naples in numerous community and school performances, singing opera arias and ensemble pieces with fellow young artists. He made his debut with St. Petersburg Opera (FL), where he covered the role of Tony in their production of West Side Story and performed the role of Snowboy.

Justin recently received his Masters Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Stanford Olsen and Freda Herseth. On the opera stage, he performed the role of Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, and Luciano and the First Soldier in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Justin was also selected to perform the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the University Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Kenneth Kiesler.

Equally at home in the genres of Operetta and Musical Theater, Justin spent the summer of 2012 as a young artist with the Ohio Light Opera company, where he performed the role of Franz Schubert in Romberg’s “Blossom Time.” Opera News noted of performance, “With his true, limpid tenor, Justin Berkowitz conveys sweetness and a delicate artistic temperament as Schubert,” and further remarked that his romantic duets were a “thrilling embodiment of youthful passion.” “Blossom Time” was recorded and recently released on CD by Albany Records.

Known for his interpretation of Orff’s tenor solo in Carmina Burana, Justin has performed the piece throughout the Midwest, including engagements with the University of Michigan, Michigan Glee Clubs, Northwestern University, Osh Kosh Symphony, Chicago Windy City Chorus and Dudley Birder Chorale.