Tenor Jason McStoots (Trinity '97) returns to Duke to perform as soloist in Samuel Barber's "Knoxville, Summer of 1915" at the Baldwin Auditorium Opening Celebration Concert on Sept. 14, 2013.
Baldwin, where McStoots performed as a member of Duke Opera Workshop and the Duke Chorale as an undergraduate, has undergone a 2-year, $15 million renovation project. The stunning new hall boasts world-class acoustics and a stage twice the size of the one McStoots sang on as a student in the 1990s.
Since graduating from Duke, McStoots has performed around the world with such groups as Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Boston Camerata, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New Haven Symphony, Tragicomedia, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Described by critics as “a gifted young tenor with wonderful comedic talents” and as having an “alluring tenor voice” and “bright, clear and fully-fledged tenor sonority,” he has appeared as Tabarco in Handel’s Almira and Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the Boston Early Music Festival, Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart with the Connecticut Early Music Festival, soloist for Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Green Mountain Project, soloist for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Emmanuel Music and with the Cape Cod Symphony for Handel’s Messiah.
McStoots, who studied voice with Wayne Lail as a student at Duke, is also a voice teacher and stage director at Brandeis University, where he recently restarted the dormant opera workshop project. He has served as stage director for student and professional productions. His directing credits include Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.