Jason Detwiler, Baritone
2002 – 2006
Following his return to OSJ as Tonio (Pagliacci) in November 2011, JASON DETWILER appears as Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with Opera Idaho, followed by a performance as Tonio and Gianni Schicchi in Stockton Opera’s double-bill production of Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi. In Februrary 2012, he appears as Nick Carraway (The Great Gatsby) with Ensemble Parallèle, and then is featured as Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) with Opera Santa Barbara in March. On the concert stage, he will be a featured soloist with Central Oregon Symphony in their June 2012 performance of Carmina Burana.
During the 2010 – 2011 season, Mr. Detwiler sang the roles of Valentin (Faust) with Opera Coeur d’Alene, Silvio (I Pagliacci) with Sonoma City Opera, Mr. Webb (Our Town), Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), and Billy Bigelow (Carousel) with Opera Idaho, Figaro (The Barber of Seville) with Opera Louisiana, Ahab (Hermann’s Moby Dick) with the American Philharmonic Sonoma County, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with Boise Baroque, and was a featured soloist in the Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic.
The 2009 – 2010 season saw Mr. Detwiler as Dandini (La Cenerentola) for Opera Coeur d’Alene and Opera Idaho, Valentin (Faust) and Melchior also with Opera Idaho, featured soloist with the Boise Philharmonic in Bernstein’s Candide Suite, in Boise Baroque’s Mozart Requiem, and in concert with Spokane Opera, Sun Valley Resort and Sun Valley Opera.
From 2008 – 2009, the baritone appeared with Opera Coeur d’Alene as Germont (La traviata), performed the role of Escamillo (Carmen) for West Bay Opera, sang the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Virginia Opera, and was Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) for San Diego Opera. Additionally, he was seen in concert in Boise Master Chorale’s Messiah, Boise Baroque’s St. John’s Passion, and in Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the Boise Philharmonic.
In the 2007 – 2008 season, Mr. Detwiler appeared with Rimrock Opera as Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West), with Opera Idaho as Marcello (La bohème), Virginia Opera in the title role of Eugene Onegin, and with Syracuse Opera as Sylvio/Gobineau in a double bill of Pagliacci/The Medium . On the concert stage, he appeared as a soloist with the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra in Faure’s Requiem.
Upon leaving OSJ’s resident company in 2006, Mr. Detwiler made several role debuts, including Yeletsky (Pikovaya Dama) and the title role of Macbeth both with West Bay Opera, Billy Bigelow with Shreveport Opera, and the Pilgrim in Vaughn William’s Pilgrim’s Progress with Trinity Lyric Opera. He ended the season as Aeneas with the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra and appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Vallejo Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Detwiler has twice been awarded grants from the Wagner Society of Northern California (2001, 2008), twice been a Pacific Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2001, 2005), was a Finalist in the Inaugural Irene Dalis Competition (2007), and received Second Place in Classical Singer’s 2007 Vocal Competition.
During his residency with Opera San José, Mr. Detwiler appeared as John Proctor (The Crucible), Count Anckarstroem (A Masked Ball), Marcello (La bohème), the title role in Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Scarpia (Tosca), Escamillo (Carmen), and the title role in Der fliegende Holländer. Other roles performed with OSJ include Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Silvio (Pagliacci), Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles) and Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) during the 2003 – 2004 season. Mr. Detwiler made his Opera San José debut in OSJ’s 2002 – 2003 season as Dandini (La Cenerentola), and performed Valentin (Faust), Conte di Luna (Il trovatore) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte).
Currently, Mr. Detwiler resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife, mezzo-soprano Michele Detwiler, and their two children.
For more information, please visit Mr. Detwiler’s website: http://www.jasondetwiler.com/