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Jason Collins


The young American tenor, Jason Collins, is already beginning to attract the attention of the public both with his robust but beautiful voice and his commanding stage presence. This past summer he returned to the Seattle Opera in the Ring Cycle, and this season makes his debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Katya Kabanová, and at the Boston Lyric Opera and in Bolgona as the title role in Idomeneo.
Other recent opera engagements have included his debuts at the San Francisco Opera as Froh in Das Rheingold, Canadian Opera as Comte de Lerme in Don Carlos,  and the Seattle Opera as Steuermann in Der fliegende Hollände, Arizona Opera as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer. He has also appeared at the Michigan Opera Theater in their production of Margaret Garner,  the Kentucky Opera as Lenski in Eugene Onegin, the Austin Lyric Opera as Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,  Steuermann, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, and productions of La Traviata and Fidelio with the Pittsburgh Opera; Leo in Regina at the Bard Festival,  Jove in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria  and Schweik in The Good Soldier Schweik at the Chicago Opera Theater (a role which he also sang on the 2003 Cannes Awards nominated world premiere recording for Cedille Records); Malcolm in Macbeth with the Opera Company of Philadelphia; Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites and Beppe in Pagliacci with the Glimmerglass Opera; Narraboth  in Salome at the Fort Worth Opera;  Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at Centennial Hall; Narraboth with Nashville Opera; and Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Anatol in Vanessa and Stravinsky’s Les noces at the Curtis Opera Theater.  and appeared at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as The Drum-Major in Wozzeck.
On the concert platform Mr. Collins has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pacific Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in repertoire such as Beethoven’s No. 9, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Handel’s Messiah.

A native of South Carolina, Mr. Collins is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2007 Richard Tucker Career Grant, the 2005 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the 2000 Mario Lanza competition, the Lucrezia Bori prize for foreign study, the Alice Tully scholarship, and the Tatiana Troyanos scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Juilliard School and Master of Music in Opera from the Curtis Institute of Music and is recent graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Center.
Jason Collins