A PERSONAL TAKE
I’m not sure how a kid from blue-collar Dundalk, Maryland (Baltimore) ended up traveling the world singing opera and teaching some of the best singers in the industry. But, honestly? My family and people are sincere, fun, liberal, empathetic, hilarious, hardworking and full of flavor. Of course I do what I do! I’m really proud of my teaching career. It’s common for a teacher to say to singer, “you’re just in your own head” or “stop listening to yourself.” I have to ask, whether on stage or in the studio, what if you got in your own head and what if you listened to yourself? That self-responsibility is something I strive for on stage and when advising people on the handling of their own livelihood. When none of that serious business is happening, I love cooking, YouTube videos from the front seat of rollercoasters, road-tripping, the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Dolly Parton, RuPaul’s Drag Race, getting caffeinated with my partner, and Arizona.
TENOR / MASTER TEACHER
American tenor and voice teacher Jason Ferrante has been praised by Opera News for "singing up a stylish storm" and hailed by the Sarasota Herald Tribune as "one of the best voices I have heard" He returned to the stage in the 2021-2022 season as Beadle Bamford in a new production of Sweeney Todd with Opera Omaha, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro in his debut with Virginia Opera, the Fourth Jew in Salome in his debut with Tulsa Opera and a debut with the Palm Beach Symphony as tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem conducted by Gerard Schwarz. In the 2022-2023 season, Ferrante brings his celebrated Don Basilio/Don Curzio to Knoxville Opera and enjoys a number of teaching residencies at Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Pensacola Opera, Nashville Opera, Portland Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre. He also looks forward to visiting North Carolina School of the Arts, Arizona State University, University of Miami Frost School of Music, and University of Missouri Kansas City for masterclasses and guest teaching.
With two decades of experience on the operatic stage in over 80 different roles and on the concert stage as a tenor soloist, Ferrante maintains an acclaimed career as both a tenor and a sought-after voice teacher, having taught singers who appear on the greatest stages in the world as soloists, recording artists, and winners in major competitions In 2021, Ferrante served as the Director of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio and continues his role as voice faculty at Wolf Trap, and the training programs at Minnesota Opera, Pensacola Opera and Nashville Opera. In the Summer of 2022, he joins the faculty of the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center.