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, the Baltimore-native debuts with Atlanta Opera as both Goro in a new production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY and as Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, sings a recital with pianist Caren Levine at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, performs as the tenor soloist in MESSIAH with the Sarasota Choral Society. returns to Florida Grand Opera as The Magician in THE CONSUL and sings in his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia under the baton of James Conlon as the Fourth Jew in SALOME.
In the 2013-14 season, Ferrante made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the Fourth Jew in SALOME under the baton of Andris Nelsons, returned to Florida Grand Opera as Spoletta in TOSCA, joined soprano Mary Wilson in recital in Sarasota, and was the tenor soloist in Handel’s MESSIAH at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic.
In the 2012-13 season, he returned to New York City Opera to cover Aronne in MOSE IN EGITTO, debuted with Palm Beach Opera as the Fourth Jew in SALOME, and made returns to the Orlando Philharmonic as Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and to the Bard Summerscape as Basile in LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI, which was recorded and available on iTunes.
In recent seasons, Ferrante made his European debut at Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Beadle Bamford in the first professional performances of SWEENEY TODD in Italy. 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, Pong in TURANDOT under the baton of Lorin Maazel in the grand opening of the Zaha Hadid-designed opera house in Guangzhou, China and debuted with New York City Opera as King Ouf in L'ETOILE.
Other career highlights include Tavannes in LES HUGUENOTS at Bard Summerscape (recording); Jacquino in FIDELIO with Opera Boston; Borsa in RIGOLETTO with Florida Grand Opera and Opera New Jersey; Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Kentucky Opera, Syracuse Opera, Opera Omaha, Madison Opera, Orlando Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Annapolis Opera; Arturo in LUCIA DI LAMERMOOR, Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO directed by Sir Thomas Allen, The Magician in THE CONSUL, Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Dr. Blind in DIE FLEDERMAUS with Arizona 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 ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Beadle Bamford in SWEENEY TODD, and created the role of Cornaccio in the world premiere of Musto’s VOLPONE at Wolf Trap; Bardolfo in FALSTAFF and Torquemada in L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE under the baton of Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood; Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Berkshire Opera, Dayton Opera, Eugene Opera; Paolino in THE SECRET MARRIAGE with Berkshire Opera; Eumete in IL RITORNO DI ULISSE IN PATRIA with the Greenwich Music Festival; Brighella in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and Dr. Cajus in FALSTAFF both under the baton of Julius Rudel at the Aspen Music Festival.
Ferrante earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where he held the Alice Tully Voice Scholarship and studied with the legendary Beverley Peck Johnson. His additional studies included three years at the Aspen Music Center, two years as an opera fellow at Tanglewood, and two years as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap, where he was also a two-time winner of a Filene Shouse Grant.
In addition to maintaining an active singing schedule, Ferrante is quickly becoming a sought-out teacher of voice and singing. His students are singing 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 members of young artists programs and major conservatories and universities. He currently serves as a vocal consultant to the young artists training programs at Arizona Opera, Nashville Opera and Florida Grand Opera and is a national panelist and master teacher for YoungArts. He currently resides in Miami, FL.