Tenor Jacob Feldman has been repeatedly praised for his superb stage presence, musical sensitivity, and compelling characterizations. Jacob appeared as Fayvl (Frederic) in the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene's off-Broadway production of Di Yam Gazlonim, a Yiddish adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, which was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical by the Drama Desk Awards. The New York Times called Gazlonim "... bright, brisk and funny." Other recent performances include Beppe (Pagliacci) with North Shore Music Festival and Pedrillo (Die Entfürung aus dem Serail) and Mime (Das Rheingold) with Liederkranz Opera Theater.
As a stage director, Jacob’s production of Madame Butterfly with Opera Company of the Highlands received great acclaim. The Times-Herald Record called it “splendidly sung and acted” and remarked: “Particularly enhancing for the action and setting was [the] lighting design with its sky-blues and ruby sunsets” Other directing credits include Staff Stage Director for the Opera New Jersey Emerging Artist Program, Rigoletto with Opera Company of the Highlands, Don Giovanni and Romeo et Juliette with Chesapeake Concert Opera, Hänsel and Gretel with Opera Company of the Highlands, Don Giovanni with Amsterdam Concert Opera, and Assistant director for Il barbiere di Siviglia at both Opera New Jersey and Opera Theater of Lakeland (assistant).
A well-accomplished character and comprimario singer, Jacob has appeared frequently with Opera New Jersey (Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Dr Caius in Falstaff and Gherrardo in the Double Bill of Gianni Schicchi/Buoso's Ghost, Albert in Albert Herring), Liederkranz Opera Theater (Pedrillo in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail, Barbarino in Alessandro Stradella, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, Charlie/Family in Mahagonny Songspiel/The Seven Deadly Sins, Vasek in The Bartered Bride, and both Phillipe and Alexander in Romberg's The New Moon), and Opera Company of the Highlands (Beppe in Pagliacci, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors). Jacob has also appeared as Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte with Harrisburg Opera, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneaswith Empire Opera, Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Theater of Lakeland, various characters in a double bill of the Stephen Paulus operas The Three Hermits and Hester Prynne at Death (world stage premiere) at The Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure Univeristy, Adam in John Eaton’s Youth, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos with Ensemble du Monde at Merkin Hall and withThe Orford Arts Festival. Jacob made his European debut in August of 2006 as Bardolfo in Falstaff at the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France.
Jacob spent the summer of 2002 at Seagle Music Colony, where he performed Pirelli in Sweeney Toddand Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He also appeared at the Natchez Opera Festival that spring, as Beppe in a cover performance of Pagliacci and as répétiteur for Seymour Barab's The Toy Shop. In addition, Jacob has been seen at Opera Mississauga in Toronto (Remendado in Carmen), Summer Opera Lyric Theater of Toronto (Bardolfo in Falstaff) and College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, MA (various roles including Nanki-Poo in Mikado).
Jacob received a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in 2001 from McGill University, having begun a degree in Biology before concentrating solely on music. His performance experience at McGill included Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Spalanzani and Frantz in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Opera McGill, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors with McGill Player's Theater, and Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard with The McGill Savoy Society. He also served as vocal coach and répétiteur at the McGill Savoy Society for The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, and Iolanthe.
Jacob resides in Jackson Heights, Queens, with his wife Rebecca and daughters Sarah and Charlotte.