Jason Abrams
Countertenor
New England Encouragement Award, 2004

A native of Auburn, New York, Jason Abrams holds a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona, and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he sang Endymione in La Calisto, Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice. The countertenor was a 2004 member of the Studio Artist program at Central City Opera and the next year was awarded a Vocal Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Institute, where he was featured in music of Bach, Britten and Berio.

 

Career highlights for Jason include a guest appearance with the Boston University Opera Institute at Tanglewood as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, L’umana fragilita and Pisandro in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Greenwich Music Festival, Arsamene in Xerxes with Pittsburgh Opera Center return visits to Central City as Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea and as Eustazio and Gofreddo in Rinaldo, and Athamas in Semele with Florentine Opera. He also appeared as Nireno in Giulio Cesare for Boston Baroque,Connecticut Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Austin Lyric Opera and Virginia Opera, and as Roberto in Vivaldi’s Griselda with Santa Fe Opera, stepping in for an ailing David Daniels.

 

Jason’s extensive experience on the concert stage includes Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” with the Providence Chorale and his “Choruses for the Lark” with the Newton Choral Society, Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the New Hampshire Master Chorale, Monteverdi’s “1610 Vespers” with the Tiffany Consort, Handel’s “Messiah “with the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, “The Christmas Story” with the Waverly Consort, Orff’s “Carmina Burana” as a guest artist at Tufts University, and Bach at the Holy Trinity Church in New York.

 

Jason was a first place winner of both the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in the Boston Region. He also received the Starkey Young Artists Award from Central City Opera, an Encouragement Grant from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation, and an Encouragement Award from the Sullivan Foundation. Currently he is a Design Studio Manager at Cole Haan in New York.

 

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