Stillwater, Minnesota native Jack Swanson is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young tenors in the opera world. His distinctive high lyric voice is known for singing the acrobatic arias of Rossini and the legato melodies of Donizetti. Jack starts his 2017 season with Opera Memphis, performing the role of Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance. This spring includes concert engagements with the Houston Symphony, The Florida Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony, followed by a reprise of the role Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera Delaware. This summer, Jack will make his European debut singing the role of Albazar in Garsington Opera’s production of Il Turco in Italia. Come fall, he will sing the role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Glyndebourne Touring Company. Jack begins his 2018 season at the LA Opera, singing the title role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by James Conlan.
Jack earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma, where he performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. In May of 2016 he received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the highly reputable Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. While at Rice, Jack performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Eurimaco in Montiverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisses. Additional opera highlights include: Tonio (cover) in La fille du regiment, Count Belfiore (cover) in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and two years as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera. Jack spent two summers as a young artist with The Seagle Music Colony, where he performed the roles of Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd and the title role in Britten’s comedic opera Albert Herring. In 2016, Jack made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut singing the role of Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff.
Also known for his concert work, Jack’s credits include: the entirety of Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Other engagements include: a concert of holiday favorites with the Arizona Opera and Birmingham Opera, and Houston Grand Opera’s gala, where Jack performed scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola with HGO studio artists and world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato. Jack also made his Kennedy Center debut singing selections Schumann’s Dichterliebe in 2016.
Jack is the competition winner and recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Sarah Tucker award winner from the Tucker Foundation in 2017, the top prize from the The Sullivan Foundation in 2016, the grand prize in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness Competition, and first place in the San Antonio Music Club Competition, the National Opera Association Competition and The Hal Leonard Art Song Competition. He twice received the Richard Tucker Memorial award from the Santa Fe Opera, and was a finalist in both Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum competition and Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition. In 2016, Jack was featured on National Public Radio's Young Artist in Residence program, Performance Today.