American vocalist and director Jason Collins has attracted international attention as one of the dramatic singing actors to watch and hear.
This season Mr. Collins took on his directorial debut in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, for Palmer One Act Series for the University of South Carolina School of Music, recitals and collaboration with pianists Jerome Tan and and Sharon Rattray, sings the Sergeant of Police in Columbia Operatic Laboratory Pirates of Penzance, and is most honored to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Wozzeck, where Collins returns to the role of the Tambour-major on the international concert stage in the historical New Zealand PREMIERE with Orchestra Wellington this November.
Collins has taken the responsibilities of the title role of Peter Grimes at Teatro alla Scala, debuted at New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv as Steva in Jenufa, and a role debut of Don Jose with Eugene Opera. Former contractual duties have included the title role of Rienzi at Teatro dell'opera di Roma, rehearsals of Parsifal in Dresden for Thielemann's inaugural season of the Salzburg Easter Festival, Seattle Opera for Wagner's Ring Cycle singing the role of Froh and covering Siegmund and return to Chicago Lyric Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels in a performance of Das Klagende Lied. Collins returned to the Glimmerglass Festival as Giasone in Medea and the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Cassio in Otello, and appearances in concert venues at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Other notable venues include San Francisco Opera’s as Froh in Das Rheingold, the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Tichon in Katya Kabanová, the title role of Idomeneo at both the Teatro Comunale in Bolgona, Teatro di Pavarotti i Freni in Modena, Italy, and the Boston Lyric Opera.
Collins has appeared all over the U.S. in opera companies such as the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, Bard Music Festival, Arizona Opera and Ft. Worth Opera. His many roles include Idomeneo (title role), Don Carlos (title role), The Rake’s Progress; Froh in Das Rheingold, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Erik in Die Fliegende Holländer, Tambour Major in Wozzeck, Malcolm in Macbeth, Narraboth in Salome, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk, Anatol in Vanessa, Lenksi in Eugene Onegin, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Jove in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Mr. Collins also sang the role of Schweik in The Good Soldier Schweik on Cannes Awards nominated world premiere recording for Cedille Records.
On the concert platform Mr. Collins has appeared with the The Verdi Orchestra in Milan, Sarasota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, The Kennedy Center with National Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pacific Symphony, and American Symphony Orchestra,in repertoire such as Beethoven’s No. 9, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Songs of the Wayfarer, and Handel’s Messiah. He also recently appeared in concerts in Amsterdam and Milan.
A native of South Carolina, Mr. Collins is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Richard Tucker Career Grant, Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the Mario Lanza competition, the Lucrezia Bori prize for foreign study, the Alice Tully scholarship, and the Tatiana Troyanos vocal scholarship.
Mr. Collins received his Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Juilliard School and Master of Music in Opera from the Curtis Institute of Music and is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Center. In addition to his performing and directorial responsibilities. Collins has recently served and serves as vocal instructor/opera director for Coastal Carolina University, Benedict College, and the University of South Carolina.