Jonathan Estabrooks

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Jonathan Estabrooks
Birth name Jonathan Matthew Estabrooks
Born (1983-07-15)July 15, 1983
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Opera, Classical-Crossover musical theatre
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, actor, businessman.
Instruments Voice Baritone
Years active 1990 - Present

Jonathan Estabrooks (born Ottawa, Canada, 1983) is a Canadian baritone and graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School. He is active in the Canadian and American Opera, Concert and Musical Theatre worlds.

Jonathan began his musical training as a member of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Boys Choir and Opera Lyra Chorus.[1] He first sang with orchestra in 1994 as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca by Puccini.[2] In 1993 he joined the Company of Musical Theatre, appearing is such productions as Annie, Oliver! as 'Oliver Twist', the Will Rogers Follies and West Side Story.[3]

In October 1999, he sang as part of a vocal quartet for the opening of a new US Embassy in Ottawa, Canada for then President Bill Clinton, and Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien.[4]

He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto in 2006 and his Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 2009, where he was a student of Marlena Malas. He is a graduate of Ashbury College. He has also coached with Brian Zeger, Joan Dornemann, Craig Rutenberg, Margo Garrett, Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann and Denise Masse.

Estabrooks sang with the Juilliard Orchestra for the New York Premiere of Siarra a work for baritone and orchestra as part of the 2009 Juilliard Focus Festival.[5] Jonathan was a finalist in the 2007 Bryan Law Opera Competition[6] and the 2009 Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition[7] performed at Carnegie Hall. He made his National Arts Centre Orchestra debut in 2007[8] with Pinchas Zukerman conducting and his National Arts Center recital debut in 2009[1][9] .[10]

He was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Eine Deutsches Requiem with Coro Vivo Ottawa in 2008[11] and has also performed with the Kennett Symphony of Chester County[12] and the Aldeburgh Connection[13] recital series. He was also a 2009 finalist in the Brian Law Opera Scholarship in Ottawa sponsored by the National Capital Opera Society.[14] He appeared with pianist Joel Harder at the Caramoor Festival, presenting three concerts for the Holiday Musicale series at the Rosen House.[15]

On June 19, 2009 in Ottawa, he made his National Arts Centre Recital debut with soprano Meghan McPhee as participants in the NAC Summer Music Institute.[16] Other recent credits include performances with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and a 20-city tour in L’Elisir d’Amore with Jeunesses Musicales. In April, at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Estabrooks won the top prize in a competition presented by the Oratorio Society of New York.[17]

Jonathan made his Opera Lyra Ottawa main-stage debut in the role of Silvio in September 2011 at the National Arts Centre.[17][18] He debuted with the Greenwich Choral Society singing the baritone solo for In Terra Pax and a world premiere by composer Rob Mathes.[19][20]

He made his Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut on October 9 and 10, 2012 with conductor Steven Reineke in a program entitled "Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein" with Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Aaron Lazar.[21] He returned to Roy Thomson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and 21, 2014 to perform in Classical Broadway: Lerner and Loewe.[22]

March 5, 2013 Mr. Estabrooks made his Carnegie Hall-Stern Auditorium Debut with conductor Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York in the New York premiere of Paul Moravec's 'Blizzard Voices'.[23]

He appeared as the Baron in the Opera Lyra Ottawa production of La Traviata on March 21, and 23, 2013 with the National Arts Center Orchestra alongside Corrine Winters, Eric Magiore, Marion Newman, Gregory Dahl and conductor Tyrone Paterson.[24]

On July 15, 2013, Jonathan successfully raised $25,730 USD on the popular funding website Kickstarter for the recording of his debut album with orchestra.[25] Entitled 'These Miles' it was released on April 8, 2014 fusing elements of classical, pop and classic musical theatre with the lushness of the Macedonia Radio Orchestra. Collaborations include Simon Cowell discovery and tenor Jonathan Antoine, formerly of the duo Jonathan and Charlotte and New Age classical pianist and composer Jennifer Thomas. It was produced by 4-time Grammy® winning producer Dave Reitzas, Oran Eldor and himself and was recorded with the help of over 50 musicians from around the world.[25]


These Miles
Independent (CD: April 8, 2014, ASIN: B00IT4YEFQ) [26]

  1. Play Me — 3:54
  2. Kathy's Song — 3:36
  3. Time After Time — 4:51
  4. Le Cose Che Tu Sei— 4:39
  5. Calling You — 5:12
  6. She — 4:29
  7. Por Una Cabeza — 3:44
  8. Always On My Mind — 3:28
  9. Away From the Roll of the Sea — 4:09
  10. Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home — 4:46
  11. All the Things You Are/Hymne a L'amour — 4:46
  12. Fly Away — 3:36


  1. ^ a b smazey (2009-06-17). "McPhee and Estabrooks in recital; Nicole Cabell in NAC debut - Classical Ottawa". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Production History | Opera Lyra". Retrieved 2009-08-12. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Company of Musical Theatre". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. ^ "NAC Orchestra’s 2009 Debut Series of recitals and "Exploration of the Concerto" concludes on June 19 with soprano Maghan McPhee, National Arts Centre". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (2009-01-26). "Pricking Up the Ears to Listen for Echoes of California". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  6. ^ "National Capital Opera Society". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Oratorio Society of New York - Solo Competition Finals". 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Celebrate Canada at the National Arts Centre - Free Canada Day concerts with Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra, Unisong and other activities throughout the day | National Arts Centre". 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  9. ^ "National Arts Centre - Centre national des Arts". 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  10. ^ "LSM Newswire: NAC Feb. 12: Debut Series with Shanshan Yao". 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  11. ^ Ottawa, The (2008-03-29). "Going Out". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Kennett Symphony of Chester County - June, 2008 Concert". 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-08-12. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Past Concerts". Aldeburgh Connection. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  14. ^ "Communities; Ottawa". The Ottawa Citizen. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  15. ^ "CALENDAR; Westchester". The New York Times. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  16. ^ "NACO, June 19: Debut Series features soprano Maghan McPhee; Ottawa". Ottawa Start. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  17. ^ a b "Jonathan Estabrooks returns to stage where he fell in love with Opera". Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  18. ^ "Opera Lyra flying high; Ottawa". The Ottawa Citizen. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  19. ^ "Choral Society Christmas Concert hits emotional high note". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  20. ^ "Concerts". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  21. ^ "Some Enchanted Evening: the music of Rodger and Hammerstein". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  22. ^ "Classic Broadway: Lerner and Loewe". Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  23. ^ "Carnegie Hall Calendar: American Voices". Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  24. ^ "Opera Lyra Ottawa 2012/13 Season". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  25. ^ a b "Jonathan Estabrooks: Many miles on this album’s road". Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  26. ^ These Miles by Jonathan Estabrooks AllMusicGuide, viewed and archived 2014-07-31.

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