• JASON DUIKA ~Verdi Baritone

  • Reviews for Jason Duika:

     

    Jason as Escamillo, in Boheme Opera of NJ's Carmen, March 2024:

     

    "Baritone Jason Duika...looked and acted a proper Escamillo. Sporting a fine, strong baritone." -David Shengold, (Opera News formerly).

     

    "Baritone Jason Duika cut a dashing figure as the charismatic toreador Escamillo, vocally well matching Bizet’s rich orchestration. Although listed as a baritone, Duika had the ringing quality of a basso profundo in the lower register of the lively “Toreador” song." - Nancy Plum, Princeton Town Topics.

     

    Jason as Germont, in Verdi's La Traviata, West Bay Opera, Oct. 2022:

     

    "Giorgio, who is portrayed as sympathetically as possible by baritone Jason Duika. He brings great earnestness to the part, and his singing is smooth and mellow, if slightly cloaked. He also handles quick patter and his duet with Alfredo ably. And he delivers his signature aria ‘Di Provenza il mar il suol, with great mellifluous intensity.”

     

    Jason as Nabucco, in Verdi's Nabucco, West Bay Opera, Oct. 2019:

     

    "Baritone Jason Duika triumphed in the role, with a range from vengeful and commanding to pitifully weakened after his blasphemy to moving and reverent after he turns again to God. Both singing and acting were top-notch."

     

    Jason as Herode, in Massenet's Herodiade, New Amsterdam Opera, May, 2019:

     

    “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

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    BIO

    Jason Duika has been steadily making a name for himself as an up and coming American Verdi Baritone, having sung with over ten companies in the US, including Toledo Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera Mississippi, Palm Beach Opera, and more. Jason has sung over 17 operatic roles professionally, including the title role of Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’, in October of 2019 with West Bay Opera, in California, where the reviews said, “Baritone Jason Duika triumphed in the role, with a range from vengeful and commanding to pitifully weakened after his blasphemy to moving and reverent after he turns again to God. Both singing and acting were top-notch.”

     

    Starting in the Winter 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.” 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.

     

    In the following year, Jason sang Marcello, in Puccini’s La Boheme, with West Bay Opera, where the reviews said, “Jason Duika sang with glorious round tone, and unimpeachable legato”. By Ilana Walder-Biesanz, of San Francisco Classical Voice. Following that, opening up 2019, Jason returned to West Bay Opera to sing the title role in Verdi’s I Due Foscari, where one critic wrote, "and he deservedly received a standing ovation…” After that, in his 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.” He then 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 May of 2019.

     

    Since Covid, Jason has returned to West Bay Opera, to sing his first Father Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, In October 2022, where once again, the reviews said, "Giorgio, who is portrayed as sympathetically as possible by baritone Jason Duika. He brings great earnestness to the part, and his singing is smooth and mellow, if slightly cloaked. He also handles quick patter and his duet with Alfredo ably. And he delivers his signature aria ‘Di Provenza il mar il suol, with great mellifluous intensity.”

     

    Since then, Jason debuted Dr. Falke in Opera Mississippi’s 2023 spring production of Die Fledermaus, and then, in 2024, debuted Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, by Gounod, with Toledo Opera, after which, he traveled to New Jersey, and sang his first Escamillo in Carmen in March, with Boheme Opera of New Jersey. Reviews of that included are, "Baritone Jason Duika cut a dashing figure as the charismatic toreador Escamillo, vocally well matching Bizet’s rich orchestration. Although listed as a baritone, Duika had the ringing quality of a basso profundo in the lower register of the lively “Toreador” song." - Nancy Plum, Princeton Town Topics, and “Jason Duika…looked and acted a proper Escamillo. Sporting a fine, strong Baritone.” David Shengold, of formerly Opera News.

     

    Being praised by Oregon music news for having a, “big, warm voice” and, “spot-on comic timing…” Jason just returned to Carnegie Hall this spring 24, to sing his second time with MidAmerica Productions, performing the solos from Mark Hayes Te Deum, once again in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. He is also a graduate of Alma College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, in 2006. Portland State University, where he received a Masters in Voice performance in 2010, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of music, where he received a Performer Diploma in Voice in 2012. Jason was also in the young artist programs of Utah Festival Opera (2012), Wichita Grand Opera (2013), where he covered the villainous roles of The Count, in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Iago, in Verdi’s famous “Otello”. He also was with Palm Beach Opera, (2014-2016), where he sang and covered nine roles with them, as the Baritone young artist in the Benenson program, including the starring role Herman in Ben Moore’s world premiere opera; “Enemies; A Love Story”, where the review said, “The soaring beautiful music of composer Ben Moore from his new opera, Enemies, A Love Story was sung…by baritone Jason Duika. Almost Pucciniesque in its arch, it has a sweep and breadth that is inspiring. .. Duika’s baritone is deep and reassuring.” He also sang Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, and Dancairo in Bizet’s Opera “Carmen”. He makes his home in Sylvania, Ohio. He is under Randsman artist management with Peter Randsman in New York City, where he studies with Andrea DelGiudice.
     

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    Di provenza - G. Germont's act 2 aria, from Verdi's La Traviata, West Bay Opera, Oct. 22

    "Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima" - Renato's third act aria from Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera - William Hicks, Pianist. Action for Artists Fall 2023 Gala.

    "Pieta, rispetto, amore..." - Macbeth's aria, from Verdi's Macbeth, Kevin Bylsma Pianist.

    Macbeth Duet: Sappia la sposa mia...Lady Macbeth - Anna Viemeister. Pianist: Kevin Bylsma.

    '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 4 arias, 'Toreador - Bizet, Carmen. Te Deum - Puccini, Tosca. Credo - Verdi, Otello. And Eri tu - Verdi, Un Ballo in Maschera." From the Action for Artists Fall 2023 Gala, NYC, Mark Scorca Hall, Opera America.

    Iago's seldomly performed act 1 drinking aria, "Beva con me" from Verdi's masterpiece Otello. From PorchOpera, Act 3, with pianist Kevin Bylsma.

    "Cortigiani, vil razza, dannata" - Rigoletto's famous second act aria. Pianist - Kevin Bylsma.

    "Il balen del suo sorriso...Per me ora fatale" - Conte di Luna's scena from Verdi's Il Trovatore. Pianist - Kevin Bylsma.

    "Per me giunto...", from Verdi's Don Carlo, Kevin Bylsma, Pianist.

    "Behold...The Trumpet Shall Sound", and "The People who walked in Darkness", from the Messiah, by Handle. Pianist: Kevin Bylsma.

    "Te Deum" - Scarpia, from Puccini's Tosca. Pianist: James Schippers. Alma College Choir. Conductor William Nichols.

    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.

    Don Carlo's scena, Morir...tremenda cosa (cavatina; partial only.) From Verdi's La Forza Del Destino. Pianist, Kevin Bylsma.

    "Votre Toast, je peux vous les rendre", Toreador aria, Bizet's Carmen.

  • Management:

     

    Peter Randsman

    Randsman Artists’ Management

    400 West 43rd. St. Apt. # 18E

    New York, NY 10036

    Cell/E-mail: 917-494-6654/Randsman@aol.com

    Office: 212-244-5874

    Link to manager's site.

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