Jeffrey Beruan, bass-baritone
Morpheus/Father's Voice, Little Nemo in Slumberland
A native of Kansas, bass-baritone Jeffrey Beruan is excited to be returning to Sarasota Opera after successful performances as Acciano in I Lombardi alla prima crociata, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Lodovico in Otello. He will return this fall to sing the roles of Morpheus and Father's Voice in the world premeire performance of Little Nemo in Slumberland. He most recently had the honor of singing the role of The British Major in a workshop for the world premiere of Silent Night, a new opera by Kevin Puts, with Minnesota Opera and was recently seen in the role of La Poeta in Viva la Mamma with Lake George Opera as an Apprentice Artist.
Other highlights in his career include; Plutone in Il Ballo delle Ingrate, The Poet in the west coast premiere of Orphée, The King in Aida, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Zuniga in Carmen, Nettuno/Tempo/Antinoo in Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, and the Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte (Portland Opera), Count Ceprano in Rigoletto (Tulsa Opera), Angelotti in Tosca (Chautauqua Opera), Bonzo in Madama Butterfly (Kansas Concert Opera), Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Production), The Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila (Winter Opera St. Louis), Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Ruddigore (Mock’s Crest Opera, and Snug the Joiner in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera North and The Lyric Opera of Kansas City).
Jeff was a Finalist at the Northwest District National MET Council Auditions in both 2007 and 2009. He was honored with an Encouragement Award at the Eleanor Lieber Awards Competition in 2008.
Jeff received both his masters and bachelors degrees from the University of Kansas. While at KU he sang Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Pistola in Falstaff, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, and the title role in The Mikado, among others.