Jack Swanson

Swanson has quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after young tenors in opera.

A string of impressive American and European debuts in recent seasons has included his debut at Oper Frankfurt as Rodrigo in Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Rossini’s Otello, his first Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Den Norske Opera, Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scenefor Opera Köln, Conte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Glyndebourne on Tour, and Candide in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at LA Opera alongside costars Kelsey Grammer and Christine Ebersole.

Committed for this season – but dependent on pandemic safety measures – Jack will make his debut in the title role in Le Comte Ory in a new production by Cal McCrystal and conducted by Valentina Peleggi for Garsington Opera this summer. And he returns to both Oslo and Cologne as Conte Almaviva, the latter in the classic staging by Ruth Berghaus. He also makes his Italian debut singing Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Rome in the Spring with Santa Cecilia under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung.

Following his studies at the University of Oklahoma and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Jack performed the title role in Britten’s comic opera Albert Herring as a young artist with The Seagle Music Colony, and subsequently spent two years as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera. Jack has since returned to Santa Fe as Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri) and added Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Opera Omaha last season. Equally comfortable on the concert and recital platforms, Jack sang selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe for his debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, his first Rossini Messa di Gloria with Speranza Scappucci and the Insula Orchestra, and a series of concerts with Orchestre National de Lille for the Leonard Bernstein centenary. This season he gives his mainstage recital debut at Oper Frankfurt with Malcolm Martineau in a program of Schumann, Liszt, Poulenc and Quilter.

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