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Praised for “singing handsomely” by the New York Times, Mr. Jason Coffey, Baritone is beginning a promising career in the world of opera. Mr. Coffey is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he received his degree in Professional Studies in Opera. Following Curtis, he attended the Des Moines Metro Opera James M. Collier Apprentice Artist Program where he participated their scenes program, in the chorus, and in a master class with world-renowned baritone, Sherrill Milnes.
With the Curtis Opera Theatre, Mr. Coffey performed as Pelleas in “Impressions of Pelleas” and as Almeric in “Iolanthe,” along with many other operas during his studies. Other notable roles include Archibald Craven in “The Secret Garden” with Grand Valley State University Opera Theatre, and Maestro Spinelloccio and Ser Amantio di Nicolao in “Gianni Schicchi” with Blue Lake Opera Theatre and Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artists Program.
Jason’s recent performances include singing with the Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, in the 2014 production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg, conducted by James Levine. Other credits include Paris in “Romeo and Juliet” and Sciaronne in “Tosca” with Opera Grand Rapids. With Pensacola Opera, he performed as Frank in “Show Boat” on the main stage while covering Ravenal in “Show Boat” and Silvio in “I Pagliacci.” With New York City’s Bronx Opera he performed as Marcello in Puccini’s “La Boheme”, Fernando in Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra, Gallanthus in Vaughn Williams “The Poisoned Kiss” and as the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” He has also appeared in “La Cenerentola” as Dandini and Figaro in “The Barber of Seville” with Capital Heights Lyric Opera of New York.
Jason has performed as the bass soloist in “Haydn’s Creation” with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, and also as the baritone soloist for the “Faure Requiem” with the Skokie Valley Symphony of Illinois. Most recently he performed as baritone soloist in an excerpt from Peter Liberson’s “World in Flower” with The Collegium Westchester of New York.
His successes consist of many regional, state and national competitions in which he has received placement. Such honors include the Robert Jacobson Memorial Encouragement award in the George London Foundation Competition in 2009. He was also chosen as one of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition District Winners in 2009 and received an Encouragement Award at the Regional Level. He won 6th place in the Junior Division of the Palm Beach Opera 38th Annual Opera Competition in 2006, and he took first prize with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) College Division – winning the Most Promising Undergraduate Award for three consecutive years (’04-’06), as well as first prize at the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition in 2007. Jason also received a Level II Award in The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) competition (2004), where he participated in a master class with world-renowned tenor, Placido Domingo. Jason Coffey is now accepting new students in his voice studio. For more information, and to set up lessons with Jason, email him at Jcoffeyvoicestudio@gmail.
Christine Amon, mezzo-soprano is a Grand Rapids native. In recent seasons she has performed leading roles with Opera Louisiane, Opera Grand Rapids, Nashville Opera, and Opera Memphis. In 2012, Christine was a finalist in the international Lotte Lenya Competition hosted by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. In addition, she’s been awarded first place in the The Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist Competition, Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition, and the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition. In the 2016-17 season, Christine looks forward to making her role and company debut as Erika in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with Toledo Opera. She will also return to Opera Memphis for their fourth annual 30 Days of Opera. Christine holds an Artist Diploma from The University of Memphis, an MM from BGSU and a BM from Grand Valley State University.