Jonathan Lasch has been described by critics as possessing a voice of “arresting color and heft” that is “thrillingly resonant and firm-lined,” “handsome,” “robust,” “resolutely strong,” and “penetrating.” Recently, Lasch performed the roles of Leporello in Don Giovanni and Marco in A View from the Bridge with Michigan Opera Theater, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with Piedmont Opera, Scarpia in Tosca for Opera Saratoga’s Pasta and Puccini Night, Marcello in La bohème with Arbor Opera Theatre and Bar Harbor Music Festival, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Green Mountain Opera Festival, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Fargo Moorhead Opera and Lyric Opera Baltimore, the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for Princeton Festival, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Master Players Concert Series at University of Delaware and Fargo Moorhead Opera, and Ford in Falstaff with Aspen Opera Theater Center.
An accomplished concert artist, he also recently sang Mozart’s Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions; Händel’s Messiah at Calvin Oratorio Society, Houston Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony; and performances in Fauré’s and Duruflé’s Requiem, Henry Mallicone’s Beatitude Mass, Adam in The Creation, The Five Mystical Songs, and Dover Beach with The Emerson String Quartet. He was also a featured as a recitalist in Spain (Leon, Salamanca, Soria, and Baiona La Real).
While earning an Artist Diploma in Opera at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Jonathan’s roles included the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff, Melisso in Alcina, Shrike in the Midwest première of Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonelyhearts, and Marcello in La bohème. Mr. Lasch performed Ford in Falstaff and Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Portland Opera.
Jonathan was a Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artist where he performed roles including A Jailer and covered Scarpia in Tosca, Achilla in Giulio Cesare, and covered Friedrich in Wagner’s comic opera Das Liebesverbot. Mr. Lasch was fortunate to learn from some of the best training programs in the United States, having participated in the Young Artist Programs at Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Connecticut Opera. Mr. Lasch holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Hartt School at University of Hartford, an Artist Diploma from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and most recently became a Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a remarkably varied and distinguished career as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He regularly appears as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Recent highlights include a BBC Proms appearance performing the world premiere of his brother Huw Watkins’ Cello Concerto, a tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink, and his conducting debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Omaha Symphony and at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. He also premiered Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new concerto with the Royal Flemish, Tampere and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.