American baritone, Jason Buckwalter is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire.” (Baltimore City Paper) A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Jason now lives in Baltimore and performs throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and The Figaro Project.
Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Peabody Conservatory and Carroll Community College, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as the Loudoun Lyric Opera; Count Almaviva in The Figaro Project’s inaugural production of Le Nozze di Figaro; Schaunard in La Bohème with Capital Opera Richmond; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at Carroll Community College; and Brühlmann in Werther with the Washington National Opera. His portrayals of Benoit and Alcindoro in their April 2010 production of La Bohème was praised by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun as “dynamic.”
No stranger to the musical theater stage, Jason has also performed the roles of Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music at the Peabody Conservatory, Captain von Trapp in the The Sound of Music with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival, and several roles with the Annapolis Chorale. Favorites there include Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls and Will in Oklahoma! Mary Johnson of the Baltimore Sun called his portrayal of Will “stellar” saying “he not only sang impressively and displayed his flair for comedy, but he also held his own in dance.”
A seasoned concert performer as well, Jason has performed solos with choirs in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. He is a regular soloist with the Northern Delaware Oratorio Society where he sang both Brahms' and Mozart's Requiems and Gounod's Messe Solennelle. With the Annapolis Chorale, Jason sang solos in Monteverdi's Vespers, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and Haydn's Creation. At Peabody, Jason performed the role of Pilatus in Bach's St. John Passion.
Jason was proud to sing solos in René Clausen's Memorial for “Wilmington Remembers,” a concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. The choir was made up of members of many Wilmington area groups including the Northern Delaware Oratorio Society.
A lover of contemporary music, Jason has premiered many new works, including John Belkot’s Plays at Georgetown University’s Friday Music Series and a song cycle by New York-based composer, Kevin Clark. Jason also maintains a relationship with the Baltimore Composers Forum and has performed works by members Garth Baxter, John Belkot, and Ljiljana Jovanovic. In April 2011, Jason gave world premiere performances as part of The Figaro Project’s Contemporary Opera Trio, creating the role of Max in Paul Mathews’ Piecing it Apart as well as Bright Star, Snake with Two Names, and Wolf of the Shadows in Douglas Buchanan’s Lux et Tenebrae.
Jason graduated magna cum laude from Susquehanna University and earned his Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. He was awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice and the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice for his work at Peabody. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society.