Bass-baritone Jonathan Woody is a sought-after performer of early and new music in New York and across North America. In increasing demand as a soloist, Jonathan has made appearances in recent seasons with historically-informed orchestras such as Boston Early Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Portland Baroque Orchestra and New York Baroque Incorporated. In the 2017/18 season, Jonathan appeared with Apollo’s Fire on a national tour of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in the role of Caronte and participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK.
Jonathan is also committed to ensemble singing at the highest level and is regularly featured as a member of the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, where he has earned praise as "charismatic" and "riveting" from the New York Times for his solo work. In 2019, Jonathan joined the Clarion Music Society and the English Concert on an international tour of Handel’s Semele, covering the roles of Somnus and Cadmus, and sang the role of Harapha in Handel's Samson with Pacific MusicWorks.
An avid performer of new music, Jonathan has premiered several works in recent years, including Ted Hearne's The Source (2014), a seminal work on the subject of Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s actions regarding the leak of classified U.S. documents. He is also featured on the cast recording of that work (New Amsterdam) and has reprised it in 2016 at LA Opera’s REDCAT and SF Opera Lab in 2017. Other recent premieres include works by Ellen Reid (p r i s m), Missy Mazzoli (Breaking the Waves), Du Yun (2017 Pulitzer-Prize winner Angel’s Bone), Zachary Wadsworth and Laura Schwendiger. Festival appearances include Staunton Music Festival, Portland Bach Festival, Carmel Bach Festival (as 2013 Virginia Best Adams Fellow), Oregon Bach Festival (as 2014 Vocal Fellow), American Bach Soloists Academy, and Amherst Early Music (appearing with New York Polyphony).
On the operatic stage, Jonathan has joined Opera Lafayette, Gotham Chamber Opera, New Amsterdam Presents and Beth Morrison Projects for recent productions, and he was a 2015-2016 Vocal Fellow for American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice forum. Jonathan has recorded with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street under the Musica Omnia label and is featured on their Grammy®-nominated recording of Israel in Egypt. Other recording credits include Boston Early Music Festival’s St. Matthew Passion of J. Sebastiani (RadioBremen), New York Polyphony’s Roma Æterna (BIS Records), and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s Missa Gentis Humanae (Musica Omnia).
Jonathan's musical pursuits extend beyond his voice, and in recent seasons he has been commissioned as a composer for groups including the Handel & Haydn Society and the Uncommon Music Festival.
Jonathan is represented by Miguel Rodriguez of Athlone Artists, and is based in Brooklyn, NY, holding degrees from McGill University and the University of Maryland, College Park.