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JASON DUIKA | BIOGRAPHY

Baritone Jason Duika is quickly making a name for himself in the classical music world. In his most recent portrayal of Enrico, the villainous brother in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the critics said,

“…A beautiful instrument, manly, generous and assured in timbre. Not only some but many really stunning, thrilling notes in his delivery. Clearly an ideal role for him. Bravo! Onwards and upwards.” - Martin Snell, Munich Staatsoper.” And,

“Jacobs School alum and baritone Jason Duika returned to sing Enrico, Lucia’s brother. His villainous role was deftly offered, both musically and theatrically.” Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times.

Being praised by Oregon music news for having a, “big, warm voice” and, “spot-on comic timing…” This past spring, Jason was honored to be one of eight finalists in the New York Lyric Opera Competition, which was held at Carnegie Hall.

In the previous Spring, he sang the title role in Handle’s Saul with Alma College, as part of the Spring Masterworks concert.

In the Spring of 2016, he returned from being the baritone artist with Palm Beach Opera for two seasons, where he sang and covered nine roles with the company, including the starring role Herman in Ben Moore’s world premiere opera; “Enemies; A Love Story”, Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, and Dancairo in Bizet’s Opera “Carmen”, where he also covered the famous Toreador Escamillo.

In April of 2014, Jason sang the role of Iago in the duet, “Si pel ciel”, from Verdi’s opera “Otello” opposite CNN-featured tenor Andrew Lunsford, and the aria, Di provenza from Verdi’s “La Traviata” at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern auditorium.

In the winter of 2013, he joined Wichita Grand Opera to cover the villainous roles of The Count, in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Iago, in Verdi’s “Otello”. Also, in April of 2013, Jason sang the baritone solos in Carl Orff’s oratorio Carmina Burana at Alma College, in Michigan. In the summer of 2012, Jason covered the role of Valentine in Gounod’s “Faust” at Utah Festival Opera, and Jason has also sung the role of Ford, opposite Baritone Richard Zeller, as “Falstaff” in Verdi’s final masterpiece.

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Roles Performed
CHARACTER COMPOSER OPERA WHERE YEAR
Enrico Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Indiana University 2018
Baron Douphol Verdi La Traviata NYC Opera Collaborative 2017
Germont (cover) Verdi La Traviata NYC Opera Collaborative 2017
Wigmaker Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Palm Beach Opera 2016
Harlekin (cover) Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Palm Beach Opera 2016
Dr. Malatesta (cover & Family performance) Donizetti Don Pasquale Palm Beach Opera 2016
Paquiro (YA opera) Goyescas Granados Palm Beach Opera 2016
Escamillo (cover) Bizet Carmen Palm Beach Opera 2016
Dancairo Bizet Carmen Palm Beach Opera 2016
Herman (cover) Moore Enemies; A Love Story Palm Beach Opera 2015
Schaunard (cover) Puccini La Boheme Palm Beach Opera 2015
Marcello (cover) Puccini La Boheme Palm Beach Opera 2015
Il Conte (cover) Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Wichita Grand 2013
Iago (cover) Verdi Otello Wichita Grand 2013
Valentine (cover) Gounod Faust Utah Festival Opera 2012
Gianni Schicchi Puccini Gianni Schicchi BayView Music Festival 2011
Dr. Falke Strauss Die Fledermaus IU Jacobs School 2010
Ford Verdi Falstaff Portland State 2009
Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin BelCantoNorthwest 2005

Roles Studied
CHARACTER COMPOSER OPERA
Germont Verdi La Traviata
Rodrigo Verdi Don Carlo
Yaletsky Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades
Macbeth Verdi Macbeth
Rigoletto Verdi Rigoletto
Sylvio/Tonio Leoncavallo I Pagliacci
Conte di Luna Verdi Il trovatore
Riccardo Bellini I Puritani
Hamlet Thomas Hamlet

ORATORIO PERFORMED
Carmina Burana ~ Carl Orff
Saul ~ Handel

ORATORIO STUDIED
Elijah ~ Mendelssohn
Requiem ~ Brahms

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