Mason Jarboe, baritone
Mason Jarboe is a baritone from Fort Worth, Texas. He was most recently seen in Amarillo Opera’s production of Evita, in which he sang the role of Agustin Magaldi and covered the role of Juan Peron. During the 2016 season, Mason reprised the title role of Don Giovanni with Opera in the Ozarks, where he was praised for his “strong command of how to make an Italian line flow, exhibiting beauty at every volume level. Mark my words: This won’t be Jarboe’s last Giovanni.” He also made role debuts as Michele in Il Tabarro and Tonio in I Pagliacci. Following that, he returned to the University of North Texas where he sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. He joined Diversita Opera to sing the role of Melchior in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and sang the bass solos in their production of Handel’s Messiah. In January of 2017 he sang the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with UNT Opera and in early February, sang the bass solos in Bach’s B Minor Mass under the baton of Maestro Greg Hobbs before moving to New York City.
Greatly influenced by the power and necessity of new works, Jarboe is continually involved in new opera projects and working with current composers. He participated in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers program in the spring of 2016, where he sang the role of Rafael Trujillo in Andrew McManus’ Killing the Goat, as well as excerpts from Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me. On the concert stage, Mason recently gave the world premiere of a new song cycle by S.K. Sweet entitled Sommerlieder, a modern take on the romantic song cycle for which Mason wrote the texts. He is also pleased to be collaborating with Brandon Maahs on a new opera, New Motive Power, a multimedia work focused on the life of 19th century spiritualist John Murray Spear, a role which Mason is collaborating on the creation and premiere of.
Mason made his professional opera debut with Fort Worth Opera at the age of 19, singing the role of the French Sentry in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-winning opera Silent Night. He has also worked with The Dallas Opera, premiering the role of Colas in their educational outreach production of Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne, which he will return to cover this coming fall. In his time with the company in the 2015 season, he sang under the baton of Peter Manning, acting concert master of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, as well as under Maestro Paolo Bressan. He also appeared in the chorus of a rare performance of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, under the baton of Maestro Emmanuel Villaume. For the past two summers Mason was a young artist at the prestigious Seagle Music Colony in upstate NY, including their 100th anniversary season. Performance highlights include Sir Sagramore in Camelot, Haly in L’Italiana in Algeri, Pistola in Falstaff, and Grantaire in Les Misérables.
During his time with the University of North Texas Opera Theatre, under the baton of Maestro Stephen Dubberly, Mason has explored a vast operatic repertoire, making his debut at 18 as Samuel in Pirates of Penzance and eventually singing such roles as Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, the villains Lindorf and Miracle in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the title role in Don Giovanni and covering the roles of Bartolo in Il Barbière di Siviglia and Coppelius/Dapertutto in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
No stranger to the concert stage, Mason was most recently seen onstage with the UNT Symphony Orchestra singing the famous quartet from Rigoletto under the direction of Maestro David Itkin. Prior to that, he performed the role of Adam in Haydn’s Creation with the Symphony Orchestra and UNT Grand Chorus. Before that, he was the bass soloist on the rarely performed Stravinsky masterwork Les Noces, sharing the stage with Grammy award-winning Molly Fillmore, legendary early music interpreter Jennifer Lane, and acclaimed tenor William Joyner. Other concert credits include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Faure’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Mystical Songs, Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, and the Courcelle Requiem Mass with the Orchestra of New Spain. He has also appeared in solo recital with members of the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra members, as well as in the finals of the inaugural Boulder International Voice Competition with the Boulder Symphony under the direction of Maestro Devin Hughes.