Mason Jarboe has established himself as a young baritone to watch, performing a wide variety of repertoire on opera and concert stages across the United States. He was most recently seen as Ford in Falstaff with Diversita Opera, and prior to that as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Hudson Opera Theatre. His 2017-2018 season has featured several other major role debuts, including Marcello in La bohème at Opera at the Madison, Giove in La Calisto, and as the Forrester cover in Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen) with New York City’s dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, as well as taking part in the winter season at Sarasota Opera, where he performed as an Apprentice Artist, performing in the ensembles of Tiefland, Carmen, Manon Lescaut, and Norma.
During the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Jarboe reprised the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera in the Ozarks under the baton of Maestro Thomas Cockrell. The Arkansas Times praised his “strong command of how to make an Italian line flow, exhibiting beauty at every volume level” and declared, “Mark my words: This won’t be Jarboe’s last Giovanni.” Also with Opera in the Ozarks, he made role debuts as Michele in Il Tabarro and Tonio in Pagliacci. With Amarillo Opera, he appeared as Agustín Magaldi in Evita, and covered the role of Juan Perón. He joined Diversita Opera as Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and performed the bass solos in Handel’s Messiah. Additionally, he returned to the University of North Texas to sing Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and the bass solos in Bach’s B Minor Mass.
Mr. Jarboe made his professional debut with Fort Worth Opera age 19, singing the role of the French Sentry in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night under the baton of Maestro Joe Illick. During his residency as a Young Artist with The Dallas Opera, he sang Colas in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne both in outreach initiative performances and on the mainstage at the Winspear Opera House under the baton of Maestro Paolo Bressan. He also appeared in the chorus of a rare performance of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, in addition to other appearances. Mr. Jarboe was a young artist at the prestigious Seagle Music Colony during the summers of 2014 and 2015, including their 100th anniversary season, where his performance highlights included Sir Sagramore in Camelot, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Pistola in Falstaff, and Grantaire in Les Misérables.
Throughout his time with the University of North Texas Opera Theatre Mr. Jarboe performed a diverse array of operatic repertoire, making his debut as Samuel in Pirates of Penzance before venturing on to such roles as Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, the villains Lindorf and Miracle in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and the title role in Don Giovanni.
Greatly influenced by the power and necessity of new music, Jarboe regularly collaborates with living composers on their work. He was featured in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers program in 2016, where he sang the role of Rafael Trujillo in Andrew McManus’ Killing the Goat, as well as excerpts from Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me. In recital, Mr. Jarboe recently gave the world premiere of a new song cycle by S.K Sweet entitled Sommerlieder, a modern take on the romantic song cycle for which Mr. Jarboe also wrote the texts. He is currently collaborating with composer Brandon Maahs on a new opera, New Motive Power, a multimedia work focused on the life of 19th century spiritualist John Murray Spear.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Jarboe recently joined the UNT Symphony Orchestra singing the famous quartet from Rigoletto. Prior to that, he appeared as Adam in Haydn’s Creation with the Symphony Orchestra and UNT Grand Chorus. As bass soloist in the rarely performed Stravinsky masterwork Les Noces, he shared the stage with Grammy Award-winning Molly Fillmore, legendary early music interpreter Jennifer Lane, and acclaimed tenor William Joyner. Other concert credits include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Fauré’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and the Courcelle Requiem Mass with the Orchestra of New Spain. Mr. Jarboe has also appeared in solo recital with members of the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra members, as well as in the finals of the inaugural Boulder International Voice Competition with the Boulder Symphony.
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Jarboe currently resides in New York City with his pit bull, Minnie.