Jason Switzer

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Biography

American baritone Jason Switzer is quickly proving to be one of the most adept singers working in the United States. A musician of exceptional skill and dramatic versatility, he continues to deliver commanding performances in both the contemporary and traditional operatic repertoire, as well as operetta, musical theater, and major concert works.

Eager to explore contemporary and modern works, Mr. Switzer was seen in the world premieres of Slaying the Dragon by Michael Ching and The Always Present Present by Peter Westergaard. He also created the role of Sergei Diaghilev in the world premiere of Danse Russe by Paul Moravec. Other modern productions include Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Il Marinaio in the American premiere of Azaio, Shadow Edgar in Tell Tale Heart, Mamoud in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer, and Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. He also performed in two operas dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder: Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo and the world premiere of Tobin Stokes’ Fallujah.

Other recent roles have included the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Don Magnifico in La cenerentola, Schaunard in La bohème, the First Soldier in Salome, and the Father in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Showing his dramatic and vocal versatility, Jason has performed in both operetta and musical theater, in roles such as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and King Gunther in Oscar Strauss’ The Merry Nibelungs.

Mr. Switzer has been a soloist in many symphonic works, including Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem, and César Franck’s The Beatitudes.

Jason has appeared with theaters and symphonies throughout the world, including Utah Opera, Central City Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Memphis, Center City Opera Theater, Long Beach Opera, International Opera Theater, the Bard Music Festival, Media Theatre, the Gulf Coast Symphony, Vulcan Lyric, the Munich Philharmonic, the Wiener Konzerthaus, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Jason received advanced training at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
O. Strauss Gunther The Merry Nibelungs Concert Operetta Theater 2019
Rogers & Hammerstein Jud Fry Oklahoma! Gulf Coast Symphony 2018
Sondheim Judge Turpin, Sweeney Todd (cover) Sweeney Todd Media Theatre 2018
Stokes Rocks Fallujah New York City Opera 2016
Puccini Schaunard La bohème Gulf Coast Symphony 2016
Stokes Rocks Fallujah (world premiere) Long Beach Opera 2016
Cipullo Jim Thompson Glory Denied Vulcan Lyric 2015
Brown Marinaio Azaio (American premiere) International Opera Theater 2015
Humperdinck Father Hansel and Gretel Opera Memphis 2015
Adams Mamoud The Death of Klinghoffer Long Beach Opera 2014
R. Strauss First Soldier Salome Utah Opera 2013
Copeland-Gordon Shadow Edgar The Tell-Tale Heart Long Beach Opera 2013
Ching Nathan Slaying the Dragon (world premiere) Center City Opera Theater 2012
Rossini Don Magnifico La cenerentola Lyrique-en-Mer 2012
Offenbach Lindorf, Coppélius, Dapertutto, Dr. Miracle Les contes d’Hoffmann Connecticut Lyric Opera 2011
Moravec Diaghilev Danse Russe (world premiere) Center City Opera Theater 2011
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Fauré Requiem
Franck The Beatitudes
Mozart Requiem
Verdi Requiem

In The Press

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“Switzer gave excellent performances in all three pieces, combining a powerfully dramatic stage presence with a sumptuous baritone and excellent articulation even in his lower register.” – Jim Rutter, Broad Street Review

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

“The scene-stealer the night I attended was baritone Jason Switzer who played Dorian Gray’s corrupter, Lord Henry. In addition to his musical abilities, Switzer conveyed an imposing stage presence that rendered him a convincing bad influence.” – Tom Purdon, Broad Street Review

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

“Jason Switzer brought a human touch to the Count far more successful than the bombastic approach taken by many seasoned singers. He sang effectively and acted well.” – J. Cooper Rob, Philadelphia Weekly

L’ELISIR D’AMORE

“With good comic presence, Jason Switzer showed impressive sheen and polish as Dulcamara, the potion-dispensing quack.” David Shengold, Philadelphia City Paper

THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER

“Jason Switzer’s Mamoud comes across as a deluded, middle-aged, balding, mustachioed academic.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

GLORY DENIED

“Jason Switzer, as the older Thompson, delivers a great fusion of theater and music.” – David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Baritone Jason Switzer…delivers a towering performance, the steel and silk vocal qualities relentlessly on tap for this challenging role.” – Lew Whittington, Huffington Post

“Switzer has never had such a spectacular role and he aces it, with a strong voice and riveting stage presence, especially during his mad scene.” – Steve Cohen, Broad Street Review

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN”

“Playing the roles of the Four Villains, Switzer was vocally suave, with a commanding stage presence.” – Milton Moore, The Day

LA CENERENTOLA

“Avec sa stature gigantesque et longiligne — il mesure deux mètres — et son beau crâne chauve à la Yul Brynner, le baryton américain Jason Switer est un Don Magnifico saillant.” – Brigitte Cormier, ForumOpera.com

SWEENEY TODD

“Judge Turpin…a tall virile man with deep, sonorous voice.” – Hugh Hunter, Broad Street Review