AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Opera News praises tenor Jason Ferrante for “singing up a stylish storm” and for getting “the gold star for trills” and The Berkshire Eagle says he “seems to brighten every stage he mounts” This season, Ferrante debuts with North Carolina Opera as Triquet in Eugene Onegin, returns to the Sarasota Choral Society as the Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, joins the Traverse Symphony as the tenor soloist in Haydn's Mass in C. Major and tours to several Young Artists Programs and Universities to give masterclasses and vocal instruction. Future engagements include a return to the stage at Arizona Opera in his most frequently performed role, Goro in Madama Butterfly.
In the 2014/15 season, Ferrante debuted at Atlanta Opera as Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro and Goro in Madama Butterfly, returned to Florida Grand Opera as The Magician in The Consul and debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia under the baton of James Conlon as the Fourth Jew in Salome, a role he sang earlier that year for his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons and which led the Boston Classical Review to single him out as “a humorous standout”.
On the international stage, Ferrante made his European debut at Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Beadle Bamford in Sweeny Todd. The production also appeared at Teatro Pavarotti in Modena, Teatro Rossini in Lugo, and Teatro Municipale in Piacenza. He was the Tenor Ghost in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with the Wexford Festival, and sang Pong in Turandot under the baton of Lorin Maazel in the grand opening of the Zaha Hadid-designed opera house in Guangzhou, China .
Other operatic career highlights include King Ouf in L’étolie at New York City Opera; Tavannes in Les Huguenots and Basile in Le roi malegré lui at Bard Summerscape (both commercially recorded and available on iTunes); Jacquino in Fidelio with Opera Boston; Borsa in Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and Opera New Jersey; Spoletta in Tosca with Florida Grand Opera, Goro in Madama Butterfly with Kentucky Opera, Syracuse Opera, Opera Omaha, Madison Opera, Orlando Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Annapolis Opera; The Magician in The Consul with Opera New Jersey; Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen, The Magician in The Consul , Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, all with Arizona Opera; the Fourth Jew in Salome with Palm Beach Opera; Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Sideshow Opera in Charlottesville, VA ; Rooster in the musical Annie with Ashlawn Opera; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Beadle Bamford in Sweeny Todd, and the creation of the role of Cornaccio in the world premiere of Musto’s Volpone, all at Wolf Trap; Bardolfo in Falstaff and Torquemada in L'heure espagnole under the baton of Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood; Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro with Berkshire Opera, Dayton Opera, Eugene Opera; Paolino Il matrimonio segreto with Berkshire Opera; Eumete in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria with the Greenwich Music Festival; Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos and Dr. Caius in Falstaff, both under the baton of Julius Rudel at the Aspen Music Festival.
On the concert stage, Ferrante has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, The Tucson Symphony, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, The Key Chorale of Sarasota and the Juilliard Orchestra in operas in concert and in masterpieces including Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C. Major, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach’s Magnificat.
Ferrante is quickly becoming a sought-out voice teacher. His students sing around the world with opera companies including the Met, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass and Wolf Trap. They have been winners in competitions including Operalia, Met National Council, Zachary Foundation, Sullivan Awards, the George London Foundation and are members of young artists programs throughout the United States and Europe. He currently serves as a vocal consultant to the young artists programs at Wolf Trap Opera, Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera, and Pensacola Opera and is on the faculty of the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop in Vancouver, BC. He is a national panelist and master teacher for YoungArts. YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, which recognizes and supports America's most talented high school artists in the visual, literary and performing arts and includes nominating future Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
Ferrante holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he held the Alice Tully Voice Scholarship and his professional training includes two summers at Wolf Trap where he was a two-time recipient of a Shouse Grant, three summers at the Aspen Music Festival, and two summers at Tanglewood. His primary vocal studies were with legendary vocal pedagogue Beverley Peck Johnson with additional studies with Rita Shane, Phyllis Curtin and Cynthia Hoffmann. The Baltimore native currently resides in Miami, FL.