This season brings Mr. Swanson to major stages with performances available for viewing both digitally and in person. In the United States, he collaborates with Houston Grand Opera as a featured recitalist in their Live at the Cullen series, which will be streamed both live and on-demand via Marquee TV. On the international stage, he returns to Oper Köln to reprise the role of Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and makes two notable role debuts with Garsington Opera, including the title role in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Other highlights of his season include multiple engagements in Italy in collaboration with both the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Rossini Opera Festival, where he will appear as Florville in Il signor Bruschino and perform in a gala honoring fellow tenor Juan Diego Flórez.
Mr. Swanson’s 2019-2020 season featured numerous role and house debuts: first in Frankfurt as Rodrigo in a new production of Rossini’s Otello, then as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Omaha. Other scheduled productions included a special premiere project with the Minnesota Opera, as well as appearances with the Santa Fe Opera, to be rescheduled at a later date.
“Swanson possessed that elusive feature that many otherwise good tenors lack, those
LUSCIOUSLY SWEET, STRONG HIGH NOTES."
THE OPERA CRITIC
Throughout his 2018-2019 season Jack Swanson made several role and company debuts, first as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with the Norwegian Opera, later as Sam Kaplan in Street Scene with Oper Köln. He returned to the title role in Candide for concert performances in Paris and Marseille and to his celebrated portrayal of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Portland Opera. Prior to that Mr. Swanson made notable debuts with Glyndebourne Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Los Angeles Opera in the title role of Candide, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Almaviva, and his mainstage debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri.
On the concert stage, Mr. Swanson has been sought after for his interpretation of the works of Leonard Bernstein, appearing in recitals honoring the composer with the Orchestre National de Lille and the Moab Music Festival. He is also regularly engaged as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, with recent performances at the Choral Arts Society of Washington and abroad in Paris. Recent concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Swanson has been featured in numerous recital and gala performances through the Richard Tucker Foundation, Washington Concert Opera, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
In previous seasons, Mr. Swanson has been heard as Camille in The Merry Widow with Winter Opera St. Louis, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Memphis, Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Opera Delaware and Opera Fort Collins, and Albazar in Il Turco in Italia with Garsington Opera, and Fenton in Falstaff with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other roles in his repertory include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Eurimaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Tonio in La fille du régiment, and Count Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, and the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring.
Mr. Swanson earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music from Rice University. He is an alumni of apprentice artist programs at both the Santa Fe Opera and the Seagle Music Colony.