“a delightfully attractive Fenton, tenor Jack Swanson”
(Des Moines Register)
With an affinity for high lyric repertoire and some of opera’s most acrobatic arias, young American tenor Jack Swanson made an acclaimed debut with Glyndebourne on Tour last autumn as Conte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), bringing further debuts in Europe in 2018/19: his first Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) at Den Norske Opera, and Sam Kaplan (Street Scene) for Oper Köln. Following his first appearance as Candide for LA Opera last season, Jack reprises the role in concert at Théatre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Marseille under Robert Tuohy.
During his studies at the University of Oklahoma, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and as a young artist with The Seagle Music Colony, Jack performed roles such as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Eurimaco (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) and Albert Herring. Following his time as an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, Jack appeared there last summer as Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri).
On the concert platform, Jack Swanson has already performed Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana, made his Kennedy Center debut with selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe, and made his European concert debut last season with Orchestre National de Lille in a series of concerts celebrating the Bernstein centenary.
Jack has had great competition success in recent years including first place in Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness Competition, and has twice been awarded the Richard Tucker Memorial award from Santa Fe Opera.
“We find a perfectly assured Candide in the young American tenor Jack Swanson. His physicality, comedic moments, diction, timbre, expression, emotion: it’s all there.”
(Olyrix, Octoober 2018)
“Jack Swanson is an ideal interpreter of Candide. His voice is full over his entire range, with a well-controlled vibrato and powerful projection. Moreover, he portrays the character not only with candour, but also humanity and emotion.”
(Forum Opéra, October 2018)
“Swanson has so steady and bold a voice that he could melt a stone.”
(Scenekunst, November 2018)
“In his debut at Den Norske Opera, Jack Swanson with his clear and lyrical tenor carries much of the music as Nemorino.”
(Aftenposten, November 2018)
“Jack Swanson can be added to the short list of top tier Rossini tenors. His brilliant, focused lyric instrument has a captivating colour, and his effortless execution of endless racing melismas was jaw-dropping in its élan and artistry.”
(Opera Today, August 2018)
“Jack Swanson’s Candide stood out vocally in a cast that was impressively strong”
(Bachtrack, February 2018)
“Jack Swanson’s Candide anchored the production through solid acting and strong singing.”
(Seen & Heard, February 2018)
“Jack Swanson is a sweet-natured, sensitive Candide, game for it all as he travels from country to country.”
(LA Times, January 2018)
“the focus of this delightful operatic romp sits on the able shoulders of the lovely tenor Jack Swanson, in the titular role of Candide. Swanson brings the naivety and charm of a young, out-of-place, illegitimate raised by royalty”
(Broadway World, January 2018)
“Jack Swanson spouts forth with buttery tenor lyricism in the eponymous role as the optimistic Westphalian [Candide], while revealing his naïveté and travails along the way.”
(ConcertoNet, January 2018)
“Jack Swanson’s handsome Almaviva”
(Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine, December 2017)
“tenor Jack Swanson proves himself a talent to watch as Almaviva, with a ringing upper register and a knee-weakening lyric sense.”
(The Stage, October 2017)
“American tenor Jack Swanson’s Count Almaviva…[gave] a finely polished “Ecco rident”, and developed great rapport with his fellow American, Tobias Greenhalgh (Figaro)”
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