With nearly sixty 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 Gianni Schicchi to the dramatic Renato (Un ballo in maschera). 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).
His most recent engagements include an orchestrated Songs of Travel (Vaughan-Williams) with Treasure Valley Symphony, and debuts of Lescaut (Manon), Beau (Service Provider), and Tom/John (The Face on the Barroom Floor) with his Opera Idaho. This summer sees Detwiler's debut as Ugo in Jake Landau's new opera, Pietà with the Narnia Festival at the Teatro Comunale di Narni in Italy.
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, staged versions of Schubert's Die Winterreise, Ahab (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