Of his debut with New York City Opera in Acis and Galatea, Opera News remarked that the role of Polyphemus was "brilliantly played by Jason Hardy."
Recent credits for Mr. Hardy include include Leporello (Don Giovanni) with Orlando Opera, Colline ( La Bohème ) with Berkshire Opera, Basilio (Barber of Seville) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) with Opera Birmingham, Don Alfonso (Così fan Tutte) with Connecticut Opera, Dulcamara (L'Elisir d'Amore) with Cleveland Opera, 5th Jew (Salome) with Baltimore Opera, Colline (La Bohème) with Palm Beach Opera, Frank (Die Fledermaus) with the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, an opera gala with Opéra de Montréal, as well as Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) and Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) with Wolf Trap Opera. Other roles have included Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Nick Shadow (The Rake's Progress), Uberto (La Serva Padrona), Crespel (The Tales of Hoffmann), and the Count in Manon. Mr. Hardy has also sung the role of Parsons under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel in the pre-production recording of his new opera, 1984. Upcoming engagements include Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) with Connecticut Opera, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) with Cleveland Opera, and Cadmus/Somnus (Semele) with Florentine Opera.
Mr. Hardy was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists, Grand Prize-winner of both the Florida Grand Opera Competition and the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Competition, and a winner in the Liederkranz Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Birmingham, Connecticut Opera, and the Oratorio Society of New York vocal competitions. He is also the recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant.
On the concert platform, Mr. Hardy recently sang Stravinsky's Les Noces in his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, having performed the same work with New York City Ballet. He has given numerous performances at Carnegie Hall, including Mozart's Requiem and Ein Deutches Requiem by Brahms, both under the baton of John Rutter. Concert highlights also include a debut at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Choral Society, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Other performances have included Bach's Magnificat, and St. John Passion, as well as The Creation, Mass in C Minor, Messiah, L'Enfance du Christ, Dona Nobis Pacem, Fauré's Requiem, and Stravinsky's Pulcinella.
In recital, Mr Hardy performed song repertoire and vocal chamber works ranging from Purcell to Prokofiev at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival. He has presented recitals nationwide under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, including a debut recital at Weill Hall, where he performed the world premiere of John Musto's viva sweet love. He is also a founding member of the Southeastern Festival of Song. Jason Hardy has recently released his first solo CD, entitled "Youth and Love" and is available for preview on this website.