American baritone Jason Switzer made his professional debut with Central City Opera singing the role of Hel Helson PAUL BUNYAN and the Bonze MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Debuts with both Utah Opera and Opera Tampa in the role of Capulet ROMÊO ET JULIETTE quickly followed. Eager to explore contemporary and modern works, Mr. Switzer was seen in Philadelphia as Lord Henry Wotton THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and as Theodore Weiss in the world premiere of THE ALWAYS PRESENT PRESENT, which were both produced by Center City Opera Theater. Last season he made a debut as the title role NABUCCO, which was performed in concert with the Coro Lirico of New Jersey. Since that time he has performed in Bernstein CANDIDE with Musikfest Bremen and the Konzerthaus in Vienna which was later revived with the Munich Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Switzer returned to the Bard SummerScape Festival in the summer of 2010 to perform in Oscar Straus’ THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER after a successful debut last season in their production of Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS conducted by Leon Botstein. During the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Switzer expanded his concert repertoire by performing Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the National Chorale in New York City at Avery Fisher Hall. This season Mr. Switzer will be singing Don Magnifico LA CENERENTOLA with Lyrique-en-Mer and will be returning to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the National Chorale.
While receiving advanced training at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Bill Schuman, Mr. Switzer performed many roles, including: Il Conte LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Guglielmo COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Orest ELEKTRA and Schaunard LA BOHÈME. He also has participated in a number of young artist programs, including, Opera North in New Hampshire as a young artist, the Tanglewood Music Center as a vocal fellow and at Central City Opera in 2004 as apprentice artist. During his season in Central City he performed the Four Villains LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN.
Mr. Switzer is a two time national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He also received the top prize in the Sullivan Foundation’s annual competition as well as first prize in the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition.