Jonathan Ten Brink, Bass
Baritone Jonathan Ten Brink has been seen throughout the continental United States in Opera, Oratorio, Operetta, Concert, Recital, and Chamber settings. His “big voice” that “rumbles like foghorns” (Pioneer Press) is regarded as “rich” (Madison Magazine), “heartwarming” (Examiner), and “possessing considerable agility (Grand Rapids Press). He has been a featured performer with the Minnesota Orchestra, Skylark Opera, Fresco Opera Theatre, and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. With more than 25 opera roles performed, highlights include “Hamen” in Handel’s Esther, “Father” in Hansel and Gretel, “Scarpia” in Tosca, and “Belcore” in L’elisir d’amore.
Dr. Ten Brink is highly regarded as a performer of early music. A finalist in the debut season of the Handel Aria Competition he has toured extensively with The Rose Ensemble, given the North American premiere as Alfesibeo in Cavalli’s resurrected Gli Amore d’Apollo e di Daphne under the musical direction of Paul O’Dette, and is well known as an interpreter of J.S. Bach, having performed and recorded both Passions, the Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, and numerous cantatas.
His discography includes a multiple award-winning production of Handel’s Messiah with the Calvin College Oratorio Society, J. S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion and Johannes-Passion, the only English version of Heinz Werner Zimmermann’s Psalmkonzert, Live: Music from the Land of Three Faiths with The Rose Ensemble, and a Grammy-nominated performance of Mozart’s Grand Mass with Exultate. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA), Bowling Green State University (MM), and Calvin College (BA). Dr. Ten Brink currently chairs the Music Department at Lansing Community College.