Jason Slayden makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Gabriele Adorno in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, a role he has previously sun with Kentucky Opera.
Winner of a 2012-13 Sullivan Career Grant, tenor Jason Slayden has been celebrated for the warmth and beauty of his voice, as well as demonstrating considerable subtlety as an actor.
The 2015/16 season included his debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Tybalt and the cover of Roméo in Roméo et Juliette; with Virginia Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Alfredo in La traviata; and Opera Santa Barbara as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, as well as Don José in The Tragedy of Carmen with the Colorado Music Festival, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Berkshire Opera Festival.
In 2016-2017, following his debut as Adorno in Simon Boccanegra with Pacific Opera Victoria, he will perform Pinkerton with Annapolis Opera, and Christian in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre.
In the 2014-2015 season, Jason premiered with Gotham Chamber Opera in their double bill of Bohuslav Martinu's Alexandre Bis and Veselohra na Moste (Comedy on the Bridge), and he returned to Arizona Opera as the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto . The season also included Handel's Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony and debuts with Florida Grand Opera as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, with Austin Lyric Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and with Ash Lawn Opera as Pinkerton.
Other engagements for the young American tenor have included his international debut as Rodolfo in La bohème with Vancouver Opera; and performances with Opera Memphis, Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Seattle Opera.
Making his VO debut as Rodolfo, a poet and dreamer, is tenor Jason Slayden, just in the very first stages of his international career. Casting Slayden is the boldest aspect of the production ... he's a very affecting Rodolfo: he's absolutely right for the character, and demonstrates considerable subtlety as an actor.
David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun, review of Vancouver Opera's La bohème, 2012
Casting the Verdi Requiem should be just like casting a Verdi opera. Slayden is looking at a long and illustrious career moving forward. This is a voice of which Verdi would have approved: the timbre from low to high is beautifully round and smoky, in a good way.
Bruce Browne, Oregon Artswatch, review of Messa da Requiem, Portland Symphonic Choir, 2014
Below, Jason Slayden sings Gabriele Adorno's recitative sento avvampar nell' anima and aria cielo pietoso rendila from Simon Boccanegra. Paolo's lies have led Adorno to believe his lover Amelia is unfaithful to him. He gives vent to his furious jealousy and then in the aria prays to heaven to give her back to him. as pure and virtuous as ever.
Production not stated: probably Kentucky Opera, 2013