Jason Duika, Hérode
Baritone Jason Duika is quickly making a name for himself in the classical music world. In his most recent 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…” This past spring, Jason was honored to be one of eight finalists in the New York Lyric Opera Competition, which was held at Carnegie Hall.
In the previous Spring, he sang the title role in Handle’s Saul with Alma College, as part of the Spring Masterworks concert.
In the Spring of 2016, he returned from being the baritone artist with Palm Beach Opera for two seasons, where he sang and covered nine roles with the company, including the starring role Herman in Ben Moore’s world premiere opera; Enemies; A Love Story, Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen, where he also covered the famous Toreador Escamillo.
In April of 2014, Jason sang the role of Iago in the duet, “Si pel ciel”, from Verdi’s opera Otello opposite CNN-featured tenor Andrew Lunsford, and the aria, Di provenza from Verdi’s La Traviata at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern auditorium.
In the winter of 2013, he joined Wichita Grand Opera to cover the villainous roles of The Count, in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Iago, in Verdi’s Otello. Also, in April of 2013, Jason sang the baritone solos in Carl Orff’s oratorio Carmina Burana at Alma College in Michigan. In the summer of 2012, Jason covered the role of Valentine in Gounod’s Faust at Utah Festival Opera, and Jason has also sung the role of Ford, opposite Baritone Richard Zeller, as Falstaff in Verdi’s final masterpiece.