Jak Laight is a baritone from Banbury, completing his final year reading Music at Sheffield University. Before beginning his degree, Jak became an Associate of Trinity College, London and has since specialised in performance, the study of Mozart’s operas, and Renaissance music. For his final recital in June, Jak sings a programme on the theme of war, comprising works by Ned Rorem, Butterworth, Milhaud, Pavel Haas, and Ives. In concert, Jak has sung as soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Sheffield Bach Society), Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Escafeld Chorale), and the Requiems of Fauré, Mozart, and Goodall (St. John’s, Ranmoor; Glossop Choral Society). Onstage, he has played Starveling in Opera on Location’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sang in the chorus of their production of La Bohème. Jak is excited to be taking on the role of Pandolfe with Sheffield City Opera. For the academic year 2014-15, he is Escafeld Chorale’s Associate Soloist. Jak has recently participated in masterclasses with Christopher Matthews and Anna Huntley.