With over fifty roles to his credit, baritone Jason Detwiler has become well-known for his magnetic and energizing stage performances. His voice and acting have been described as "emotionally fervid", "richly expressive" and "commanding", embodying characters ranging from the comedic Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) and Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) to the dramatic Germont (La traviata) and Escamillo (Carmen). Among his most widely acclaimed roles are Eugene Onegin, Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), Zurga (Les pêcheurs de perles), and Nick Carraway (The Great Gatsby).
In 2019-2020, Mr. Detwiler performed an orchestrated Songs of Travel (Vaughan-Williams) with Treasure Valley Symphony, and debuted Lescaut (Manon) with his hometown Opera Idaho. This spring, he sings his 55th role as Owen Hart in Opera Idaho's first Dead Man Walking., as well as soloist in
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy (BSU Chamber Orchestra).
The baritone has performed nationally with San Diego Opera, Virginia Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Parallèle, Center for Contemporary Opera, Syracuse Opera, Sacramento Opera, Shreveport Opera, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, West Bay Opera, Inland Northwest Opera, Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, the American Philharmonic Sonoma County, the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic & Master Chorale, Boise Baroque, and in France with the Opéra Théâtre d'Avignon.
His concert credits include: Bach's St. John Passion, Cantatas 82 & 140, Haydn's Creation, Mozart's and Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Dvorak's Te Deum, Schubert's Mass in G-minor, Saint-Säens' Christmas Oratorio, Mollicone's Beatitude Mass, Ahab in Bernard Herrmann's Moby Dick and Jim Cockey's premier of Shalom:
a Holocaust Memorial.
Mr. Detwiler has continued to expand his repertory with the musical leads in Carousel, The King & I, Oklahoma!, and South Pacific.
Currently, he resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife,
"Baritone Jason Detwiler was a suave and arrestingly musical force as Nick Carraway"
- San Francisco Chronicle
"Detwiler sings with excellent diction, seamless legato, musical intelligence & unquestionable beauty of tone; notes are attacked straight on, hurled across the footlights with commanding power."
- Opera News
"Detwiler [as Escamillo] brings a tall, compelling stage persona to the role, as well as dark, burnished, thrilling vocal texture and exciting high notes."
- Classical Sonoma