Reviews for Hérode - Herodiade - Massenet
“Jason Duika as Herode has a rich and powerful baritone voice, and is tall, dark, and handsome.”
Eli Jacobsen - Opera-L
“The character of Hérode was magnificently realized by baritone Jason Duika. His character had more dimension than the others as he struggled with his lust and political issues. He seemed to care for his wife but was obsessed with Salomé. His virile instrument is of fine and full tone and his delivery of "Vision fugitive" was impassioned and moving. When he approaches Salomé he repeats her name countless times and always with a different color!”
Meche Kroop - Voce Di Meche
“Jason Duika has a sizable and remarkably lofty baritone, which should serve him well for Verdi roles—he topped “Vision fugitive” with an A-flat. And yet his delivery seemed effortless, lyric, a melting, manly sound."
John Yohalem - Parterre Box
"He has a marvelous instrument with a large range and a strong, potent, and resonant sound."
"...Duika nailed Herode's lusting after Salome quite well, especially during his act two aria..."
"...And he definitely hit the high E's and F's throughout 'laissez-moi contempler ta beaute' with great power (the high F's on 'Esclave, je t'aime' were particularly exciting."
"...there is no denying the impressive and compact nature of his instrument."
David Salazar of Operawire
Germont - La Traviata - Verdi - West Bay Opera - (Upcoming, unknown, due to Covid-19.)
Baritone Jason Duika is quickly making a name for himself in the classical music world. Most recently, he sang the title role in Verdi’s “Nabucco” to great acclaim in October of 2019 with West Bay Opera, in California and last June, he sang the Baritone solos in Vaughan Williams “Dona Nobis Pacem” with Mid America Productions at Carnegie Hall’s 3,000 seat Isaac Stern Auditorium.
In last Spring’s portrayal of “Herode” in Massenet’s Herodiade, with New Amsterdam Opera, John Yohalem of Parterre Box noted, “Jason Duika has a sizable and remarkably lofty baritone, which should serve him well for Verdi roles - he topped “Vision Fugitive” with an A-flat. And yet his delivery seemed effortless, lyric, a melting, manly sound.” Also, last February, Jason sang his first Verdi title role, ‘Francesco Foscari’ in “I Due Foscari” with West Bay Opera. He also sang “Marcello” in ‘La Boheme’ there, in October of 2018, where the reviews said, “Jason Duika sang with glorious round tone, and unimpeachable legato.”
In February of 2018, Jason was asked to return to his Alma Mater, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and sing the lead Baritone role of Enrico, Lucia’s brother in Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’. In his portrayal of “Enrico”, 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, 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 coming April, Jason returns to his Alma mater, Alma College, in Alma, Michigan to sing his first Elijah in their annual Masterworks concert. The following month, he returns to California to sing the lead baritone role of “Germont” in ‘La Traviata’ again with West Bay Opera. Jason makes his home in Dexter Michigan, and he is also under Randsman artist management with Peter Randsman in New York City, where he studies with Andrea DelGiudice.
He is also a graduate of Alma College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with emphasis on Voice in 2006, Portland State University, where he received a Masters of Music in Voice performance in 2010, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of music, where he received a Performer Diploma in Voice Performance in 2012.
Nabucco, Act IV scena: "Son pur questa mia membra...Dio Di Giuda...O Prodi miei",(Aria & Cabaletta) from West Bay Opera's Fall production of Verdi's Nabucco, recorded live on Oct. 26th, 2019, Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto, California.
Conte di Luna's scena, "Il Balen", and Cabaletta, "Per me ora fatale", from Verdi's Il Trovatore. Ferrando: Daniel Lentz. Pianist: Kevin Bylsma.
"Votre Toast", the Toreador aria, from Bizet's Carmen. Pianist: Kevin Bylsma.
Jason Duika as Marcello - West Bay Opera's La Boheme - Act II.
'Vision Fugitive' - Herode's aria from Herodiade, from New Amsterdam Opera's May 10th, 2019 performance in NYC. Maestro Keith Chambers conducting.
'Act 3 scena with Salome' - from Herodiade, from New Amsterdam Opera's May 10th, 2019 performance in NYC. Salome - Marcy Stonikas. Maestro Keith Chambers conducting.
Opening Scena - "E n'ho ben donde...Cruda, funesta smania" - Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti, Jacobs School, as an alumnus.
Jason Duika sings Renato's first act aria, "Alla vita che t'arride" from Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera', from his PorchOpera - Act 2, July 24th!
Iago's famous act 2 aria from Verdi's masterpiece Otello. "Credo in un Dio Crudel", Kevin Bylsma - pianist, from The Encore Musical Theatre companies' inaugural "All Verdi Gala."
Iago's seldomly performed act 1 drinking aria, "Beva con me" from Verdi's masterpiece Otello. From PorchOpera, Act 3, with pianist Kevin Bylsma.
Renato's famous Act 3 aria, "Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima". From The Encore's "All Verdi Gala", with pianist Kevin Bylsma.
"Pari siamo" - Rigoletto's first act aria. Pianist - Kevin Bylsma.
"Cortigiani, vil razza, dannata" - Rigoletto's famous second act aria. Pianist - Kevin Bylsma.
"Tregua e cogl'Unni...Dagli immortali vertici...E gettata la mia sorte." - Ezio's scena from Verdi's Attila. Pianist - Kevin Bylsma.
"Onegin's aria, from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin." Pianist - Kevin Bylsma.
"Pieta, rispetto, amore", Macbeth's aria, with Kevin Bylsma, pianist.
"Per me giunto...", from Verdi's Don Carlo, Kevin Bylsma, Pianist.