Jason Switzer | Baritone | CO-WY District - 2005

Jason Switzer, an Alaskan Native, is currently in his fourth year as a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, where he studies with William Schuman. While at AVA, he has performed many roles including Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Orest in Elektra, and Dulcamara in L'Elisir d'Amore. Mr. Switzer has participated in numerous young artist programs. This last summer he performed the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and covered Boniface in Massenet's Le Jongleur de Notre Dame at Central City Opera. At the Tanglewood Music Festival, he performed L'Arbre and Le Fauteuil in L'Enfant et les sortileges. He also performed Don Alfonso with Opera North. In 2004, Jason received a study grant from the Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation and was also awarded the 1st Prize in the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition. Upcoming engagements include Robert in Iolanthe by Tchaikovsky and Schaunard in La Bohème at AVA. He will be returning to Central City this summer as the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Hel Helson in Paul Bunyan.