American tenor Jason Collins has begun to attract international attention as one of the new, young heldentenors to watch. He recently made his debut at the La Monnaie in Brussels in performances of Das Klagenlied and this season makes his debuts in Liege and China as Erich in Der Fliegende Holländer, and at the Tel Aviv Opera as Steva in Jenufa.
Mr. Collins has appeared all over the U.S. in opera companies such as the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, Bard Music Festival, Arizona Opera and Ft. Worth Opera. His many roles include the title roles in Parsifal, Idomeneo, Don Carlos, and The Rake's Progress; Froh in Das Rheingold, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Erich in Die Fliegende Holländer, Tambour Major in Wozzeck, Malcolm in Macbeth, Narraboth in Salome, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk, Anatol in Vanessa, Lenksi in Eugene Onegin, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Jove in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea. Mr. Collins also sang the role of Schweik in The Good Soldier Schweik on the 2003 Cannes Awards nominated world premiere recording for Cedille Records.
A native of South Carolina, Mr. Collins is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2007 Richard Tucker Career Grant, the 2005 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the 2000 Mario Lanza competition, the Lucrezia Bori prize for foreign study, the Alice Tully scholarship, and the Tatiana Troyanos scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Juilliard School and Master of Music in Opera from the Curtis Institute of Music and is recent graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Center.