Jason Buckwalter, baritone
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 the Mid-Atlantic region. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Maryland Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, and the Young Victorian Theatre Company.
Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte; Belcore in L'elisir d'amore; Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus; Schaunard, Marcello, Benoit, and Alcindoro in La Bohème. His portrayals of Benoit and Alcindoro in Chesapeake Chamber Opera's production of La Bohème were praised by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun as “dynamic.”
No stranger to musical theater, Jason has also performed the roles of Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music at the Peabody Conservatory, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival, the Backwoodsman in Showboat with the Washington National Opera, 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.” He was most recently seen there as Billy Bigelow in Carousel. His "Soliloquy" was called "a tour de force" by DC Metro Theater Arts.
A seasoned concert performer as well, Jason has performed solos with choirs up and down the east coast. He is a regular soloist with the Northern Delaware Oratorio Society where he sang both Brahms' and Mozart's Requiems and Mendelssohn's Elijah. With the Annapolis Chorale, Jason sang solos in Monteverdi's Vespers, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and Haydn's Creation. While at Peabody, Jason performed the role of Pilatus in Bach's St. John Passion. Jason performed the baritone solos in Carmina Burana with the Harrisburg Choral Society in May 2016.
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.