Jason Abrams is rapidly becoming known as one of the rising stars of the next generation of countertenors. Praised by Opera News for his “honeyed, rock-solid countertenor” and the Boston Globe for an “uncommon beauty of timbre and acting skill,” the young American countertenor garners continued acclaim for his stunning and nuanced performances. Among his upcoming engagements are his first performances of Athamas in Semele with Florentine Opera under the baton of Jane Glover. He also returns to Central City Opera for Eustazio inRinaldo and family performances of Gofreddo in the same opera well as to the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and joins Austin Lyric Opera for the Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel with Austin Lyric Opera in coming seasons. Also in the 2008-09 season, he will again join the Holy Trinity Bach Choir for a number of the composer’s works including the Magnificat and Cantata No. 30.
In the 2007-08 season, he sang Nireno in Giulio Cesare with Florida Grand Opera and joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the same opera. He also sang L’umana fragilita and Pisandro in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in a return to the Greenwich Music Festival and joined the roster of New York City Opera for Purcell’s King Arthur. His other recent performances include Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Central City Opera, Arsamene in Xerxes as a guest artist with Pittsburgh Opera Center, Nireno in Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Connecticut Opera Theater, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood Music Center.
Last season he appeared with the Holy Trinity Bach Choir as soloist for a number of works including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Easter Oratorio, andCantata No. 22. Previously at Tanglewood, he also sang performances of Bach’s Cantata No. 53: Schlage Doch with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia conducted by Robert Spano, and Britten’s Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi. His oratorio experience also includes Bernstein’sChichester Psalms with the Providence Chorale, Bach’s St. John Passion with the New Hampshire Master Chorale, Bernstein’s Choruses for the Lark with the Newton Choral Society, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the Tiffany Consort, Handel’s Messiah with the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, The Christmas Story with the Waverly Consort, concerts of arias and duets with the Boston Civic Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana as a guest artist at Tufts University. He has also previously joined Greenwich Music Festival for staged performances of Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.
Jason Abrams received the John Moriarty Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions’ New England Region. He is a former first place winner of both the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in the Boston Region and received an Encouragement Grant from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation. In previous seasons, he has been a Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center and a Studio Artist at Central City Opera where he received the Starkey Young Artists Award.