Tenor JASON KARN has impressed critics and audiences alike with his vibrant, bright tone and dramatic characterizations. Of a recent New York City performance as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, the New York Sun said, “He has an attractive soft-grained tenor that at its best reminded me a bit of the late Alfredo Kraus. Mr. Karn’s singing was flexible, smoothly phrase, and secure on top.” Over the past two seasons, noted engagements included his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in the American Premiere of Vincent D’Indy’s Fervaal, his Washington National Opera debut as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Cassio in Otello with Opera Carolina, a return to the Pittsburgh Opera as Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Ferrando in Così fan tutte with the Duke Symphony Orchestra and with the Chautauqua Opera. In the 2010-11 season, he performed Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Opera Carolina, Cassio in Otello at the Arizona Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute at Rutgers University, and Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Austin Lyric Opera.
A house favorite at Opera Carolina, Mr. Karn recently returned as Alfredo in La Traviata, Luther and Rufus Buford in Cold Sassy Tree, Carmen, Malcolm in Macbeth, and Normano in Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to graduating from the prestigious Merola Program at San Francisco Opera, Mr. Karn completed a 2-year residency with the Pittsburgh Opera Center. He served as an apprentice with the 2004 Chautauqua Opera Festival, where he was a featured soloist in two concerts with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and was honored with an Encouragement Award. Mr. Karn holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.