Tenor Jason Karn has impressed critics and audiences alike with his vibrant, bright tone and dramatic characterizations. The New York Sun said of his Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, “He has an attractive soft-grained tenor that at its best reminded me a bit of the late Alfredo Kraus. Mr. Karn’s singing was flexible, smoothly phrase, and secure on top.” Recently, Jason has been touring with New York City Opera’s International Tour as Don Jose in Carmen. He has sung on stages in Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Zurich, Geneva, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam. In April 2016, Jason made a return to Opera Carolina as the Young Gypsy in the North American premier of Aleko, and Beppe in Pagliacci. Voix des Artes said of his Young Gypsy, “Karn infused ‘Еще одно, одно лобзанье!’ with ardor and soaring to top C with panache and vocal abandon.” In September 2016, Jason made his New York City Opera Debut reprising the roles of the Young Gypsy in Aleko and Beppe in Pagliacci. Of a performance as Alfredo in La Traviata. Classicalsource.com said, Jason gave “a consistently robust and rugged portrayal of Alfredo that was appropriately aloof or compassionate, reflecting his character’s changing emotions. Alfredo’s profession of love for Violetta and his outpouring of joy were wonderfully sung.” Noted engagements include his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in the American Premiere of Vincent D’Indy’s Fervaal, his Washington National Opera debut as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Cassio in Otello with Opera Carolina and Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera as Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte with Opera Carolina, The Duke Symphony Orchestra, Granite State Opera and Chautauqua Opera. While a member of the prestigious Merola Program at San Francisco Opera, critics raved about his portrayal of Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. “Balanced ardency and lovable stupidity with perfect assurance,” said the San Francisco Chronicle. “His tone is vibrant and bright . . . and Karn delivered the role’s stirring high notes with aplomb.” In addition, Mr. Karn completed a 2-year residency with the Pittsburgh Opera Center, where he performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, The Novice in Billy Budd, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca and Erice in L’Ormindo. Mr. Karn holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
David Heid comes to North Carolina after a successful career in New York City as a vocal coach/accompanist. Among the many well-known singers he has performed with are Karen Beardsley, Susan Dunn, Adria Firestone, Carolyn James and Christine Weidinger. Also an arranger and conductor, he made his Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1994. In the summer of 1997, he was heard at both the Darling Harbor Convention Center and the historic Towne Hall in Sydney, Australia. His coaching clients include past Grammy and Tony Award winners. David is currently on the faculty at Duke University teaching piano and working with singers as well as being in demand throughout the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area as a collaborative artist. He has worked with many of the area’s leading organizations including Durham Choral Society, NC Symphony, Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Mallarme Chamber Players, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, NC Opera, Theater in the Park, Thompson Theater Summerfest, Long Leaf Opera and Triangle Opera. He was previously on staff of the renowned Juilliard School in New York City. Additionally, he has worked extensively in gospel music and recorded on a number of Christian labels. He has toured the U.S. and Canada with Jane Syftestad and directed The Voices of St. John’s MCC – named in 1997 “The Best Gospel Choir in the Triangle.” Their debut CD “Anywhere with Jesus ” was nominated for a GLAMA award in the contemporary spiritual category. David is a proud graduate of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music.
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