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
Nabucco - Verdi - West Bay Opera - Oct, 2019
Elijah - Mendelssohn - Alma College - April, 2020
Germont - La Traviata - Verdi - West Bay Opera - May, 2020
Baritone Jason Duika is quickly making a name for himself in the classical music world. Most recently, Jason sang his first Verdi role, Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari with West Bay Opera this past February. He also sang Marcello in La Boheme there, this past October, where the reviews said, “Jason Duika sang with glorious round tone, and unimpeachable legato.”
In his 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…” In the spring of 2017, Jason was honored to be one of eight finalists in the New York Lyric Opera Competition, which was held at Carnegie Hall.
Previously, Jason was the baritone young artist with Palm Beach Opera for two seasons, where he sang and covered nine roles with the company, including covering Marcello, in “La Boheme”, singing Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, and Dancairo in Bizet’s Opera “Carmen”, where he also covered the famous Toreador Escamillo.
Jason has a Masters degree in Voice performance from Portland State in Oregon, and a Performer Diploma in Voice from Indiana University, and lives in Southeastern Michigan, and is also under Randsman artist management in New York City, where he studies with Andrea DelGiudice.
Questa Dunque - Foscari's final aria - Verdi's I Due Foscari.
In his anguish, Francesco implores the Dieci (council of ten) to release his son to him!
Macbeth's final aria - "Pieta, rispetto, amore" - Verdi's Macbeth. Tony Patterson - piano.
Macbeth alone sings this lilting aria expressing the honor, respect, and love he once had in his life.
Rigoletto's main aria - "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" - Verdi's Rigoletto. Kevin Bylsma - piano.
Rigoletto, realizing his daughter, his most prized possession, has been taken from him, he begs the courtiers to give her back to him!
"Cruda, funesta, smania" - Lord Enrico's main aria - Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
Enrico, having realized Lucia is secretly meeting with his vile enemy, Edgardo, swears to get revenge on him, and his sister!!
Lord Enrico, and Lucia duet - Act 2 of Lucia Di Lammermoor - Donizetti.
Enrico tries to manipulate Lucia into marrying Arturo for selfish reasons. Lucia - Kellie Motter.
The famous sextet from Lucia Di Lammermoor - Donizetti.
Trovatore duet - Verdi's Il Trovatore.
Soprano - Shaina Sanders, Pianist - Shuichi Umeyama.
Jason Duika as Marcello - West Bay Opera's La Boheme - Act II.
O Vecchio cor, che batti - I Due Foscari - Verdi
"Pari Siamo" -(Rigoletto's first Aria) - Verdi's Rigoletto - Kevin Bylsma - pianist.
'Morir, tremenda cosa...Urna Fatale, e cabaletta (with high Ab)-(Don Carlo's Aria.) - Verdi's La Forza del Destino - Kevin Bylsma - pianist.
'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.
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