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Bellevue Opera
Don Carlo
April/May 2010

Jonathan Silvia debuted on Seattle Opera’s mainstage in 2009, as Marchese d’Obigny in Traviata. He has been a regular member in the Seattle Opera Chorus for three years. Other opera credits include the title role in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with Kitsap Opera, Baron Douphol and Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s Traviata with Skagit Opera and Lyric Opera Northwest, Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Tacoma Opera, and Benoit/Alcindoro in Bohème with Vashon Opera’s inaugural season. His Bellevue Opera performances include Luther/Crespel in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Alidoro in Rossini’s Cenerentola and Colline in Puccini’s Bohème.

Puget Sound Concert Opera
Simone Boccanegra
June 2009

Jonathan Silvia, bass-baritone, is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Returning to Washington, he has since been involved with a wide variety of organizations. A few of his most recent operatic productions include Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program (2009), Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Kitsap Opera (2008), Barone Duphol in La Traviata (2008) with Skagit Opera, Dottore Grenvil (2007) in La Traviata with Lyric Opera Northwest, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti (2007) with Tacoma Opera, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione diPoppea (2007) with the Early Music Guild, and with Bellevue Opera: Luther/Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann(2006), Alidoro in La Cenerentola (2006), and Colline in La Bohème (2005). Locally, he has also performed with Puget Sound Opera, Seattle Opera Guild, The Ladies Music Club, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Eastside Music Theater, and the University of Washington.

Mr. Silvia is a Regular Member of the Seattle Opera chorus since April of 2007. In that time he has sung seven productions, and will be singing an additional two more this coming season. His solo debut at Seattle Opera was in January of 2008, singing the role of the 1st Peasant in I Pagliacci. Among many acclaimed colleagues, he performed most recently the role of Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Young Artist Program.

He is a frequent soloist in the area, and a professional in choral music, having sung with the Renaissance Singers, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Cascadian Chorale, Issaquah Chorale, Annas Bay Music Festival, and the acclaimed Santa Fe Desert Chorale, among others. Always a teacher and advocate for singing, he has performed two seasons with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. (N.O.I.S.E.), an elementary school opera outreach program, and teaches privately from studios in Redmond, Renton, and Kent, WA. He continues studying with Erich Parce and receives coaching through a generous grant provided by the Seattle Opera Guild.

Seattle Opera Young Artist Program
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
March-April 2009

Recent opera credits for Jonathan Silvia include the title role in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with Kitsap Opera, Barone Douphol and Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s Traviata with Skagit Opera and Lyric Opera Northwest, and Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Tacoma Opera. His Bellevue Opera performances include Luther/Crespel in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Alidoro in Massenet’s Cenerentola and Colline in Puccini’s Bohème. A regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus, he most recently performed in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers. Other professional choral work includes the Annas Bay Music Festival and two seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Kitsap Opera
Le nozze di Figaro
November 2008

Jonathan Silvia, bass-baritone, is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Returning to Washington, he has since been involved with a wide variety of organizations. A few of his most recent operatic productions include Barone Duphol in La Traviata (2008) with Skagit Opera, Dottore Grenvil (2007) in La Traviata with Lyric Opera Northwest, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti (2007) with Tacoma Opera, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione diPoppea (2007) with the Early Music Guild, and with Bellevue Opera: Luther/Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann(2006), Alidoro in La Cenerentola (2006), and Colline in La Bohème (2005). Locally, he has also performed with Puget Sound Opera, Seattle Opera Guild, The Ladies Music Club, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Eastside Music Theater, and the University of Washington.

Mr. Silvia is a Regular Member of the Seattle Opera chorus since April of 2007. In that time he has sung seven productions, and will be singing an additional two more this coming season. His solo debut at Seattle Opera was in January of 2008, singing the role of the 1st Peasant in I Pagliacci. In the spring of 2009, he will perform the role of Quince in A Midsummer’s Night Dream with the Seattle Opera Young Artist’s Program.

He is a frequent soloist in the area, and a professional in choral music, having sung with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Cascadian Chorale, Issaquah Chorale, Annas Bay Music Festival, and the acclaimed Santa Fe Desert Chorale, among others. Always a teacher and advocate for singing, he has performed two seasons with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. (N.O.I.S.E.), an elementary school opera outreach program, and teaches privately from studios in Redmond, Renton, and Kent, WA. He continues studying with Erich Parce and receives coaching through a generous grant provided by the Seattle Opera Guild.

Skagit Opera
La Traviata
October 2008

Mr. Silvia is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Returning to Washington, he has since been involved with a wide variety of organizations: operatically with Bellevue Opera, Skagit Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Seattle Opera Guild, The Ladies Music Club, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Eastside Music Theater, and the University of Washington, and chorally with Cascadian Chorale, Issaquah Chorale, Annas Bay Music Festival, and Plymouth Congregational Church. In local opera he has performed as Luther/Crespel in Tales of Hoffman, Chief of Police in Amelia Goes to the Ball, Alidoro in Cinderella, Basilio in Barber of Seville, Colline in La Bohème, and Mikado in Pearls of the Orient.

Simple Measures
“Lovely as a Tree”
April 2008

• Regular Member of the Seattle Opera Chorus
• Concert and Opera Soloist
• Professional Church and Choral Singer

Upon my debut as a soloist in 4th grade, when, opposed to the other children in the Christmas concert, I actually sang “Five gold rings!” with some semblance of pitch, I’ve stood out a little from the crowd. My career catapulted from that point forward, immediately to my first role in musical theater—as a palm tree in a televised Palm Sunday pageant. I kinda wanted to be the camel, though…

Growing up, I had the unpopularity befitting someone in both high school band and choir in sub-sub-suburbia Washington, but the training to gain acceptance into an exceptional—albeit small, unknown, and obscure (for people in these parts, anyhow)—conservatory at Lawrence University. It is mentioned with high regard; the B. M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy that I earned there provided me with everything I needed to continue to grow as the learning, performing musician I aspire to be always. Since spending one year in the graduate program at the University of Washington with Julian Patrick, I have continued my study with Erich Parce. I perform most regularly among local opera companies, with the Seattle Opera chorus, and with countless arts organizations in the area. Singers often have trouble with counting.

In music, I have been blessed to love performing in many styles, whether it is a Baroque opera, a small chamber piece, music theater, or a Verdi opera. The variety of music available for a singer keeps me engaged, as does the phenomenon of a powerful, artistic operatic voice. Another blessing of music is that it is a uniquely sharable art; if not for the inspiration music has brought to audience and musician alike, I could never have chosen it as a love. Nor would I have ever fallen so deep in love with the dear pianist who would become my fiancée, and (in July!) wife.

Seattle Opera
I pagliacci
February 2008

Recent opera credits for Jonathan Silvia include the title role in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with Kitsap Opera, Baron Douphol and Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s Traviata with Skagit Opera and Lyric Opera Northwest, and Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Tacoma Opera. His Bellevue Opera performances include Luther/Crespel in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Alidoro in Rossini’s Cenerentola and Colline in Puccini’s Bohème. A regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus, he most recently performed in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers. Other professional choral work includes the Annas Bay Music Festival and two seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Lyric Opera Northwest
La traviata
November 2007

Jonathan Silvia, bass-baritone, has a varied and growing list of venues and productions which include nearly every opera company in the region, several choruses, music theater,  opera outreach, and oratorio. Recent opera credits include Crespel/Luther in Tales ofHoffman Bellevue Opera (2006), Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Tacoma Opera (2007), and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione diPoppea with the Early Music Guild(2007). To make sure no style is left out, previous seasons’ performances included two Rossini operas, Alidoro in Cinderella (2006, 2003) and Basilio in Barber of Seville (2006), Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème (2005), and Handel’s Messiah (2006, 2003). In March, he began as a regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus, and has already performed several works. As outreach, he has worked as a lecturer/performer for the Seattle Opera Guild and is entering his second year with Northwest Opera in the Schools, Etc. (N.O.I.S.E., 2007-2008). Nor a stranger to the choral arts, he is frequently requested as professional chorister, and has been a resident soloist with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, and the Cascadian Chorale. Other professional choral work includes the inaugural season of the Annas Bay Music Festival and two seasons with the critically acclaimed Santa Fe Desert Chorale under the direction of Linda Mack. He is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, and has also studied in the Masters in Voice Performance program at the University of Washington with Julian Patrick. He now studies with Erich Parce, and teaches voice from studios in Renton and Redmond, Washington. La Traviata is his first production with Lyric Opera Northwest.

Early Music Guild
L’incoronazione di Poppea
February 2007

Jonathan Silvia (Reporter, Littore, and Consul), bass-baritone, is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Returning to Washington, he has since been involved with a wide variety of organizations: operatically with Bellevue Opera, Skagit Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Seattle Opera Guild, The Ladies Music Club, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Eastside Music Theater, and the University of Washington, and chorally with Cascadian Chorale, Issaquah Chorale, Annas Bay Music Festival, and Plymouth Congregational Church. In local opera he has performed as Luther/Crespel in Tales of Hoffman, Chief of Police in Amelia Goes to the Ball, Alidoro in Cinderella, Basilio in Barber of Seville, Colline in La Bohème, and Mikado in Pearls of the Orient.

Everett Chorale
“I hear music in the air” (Five Mystical Songs by R. V. Williams)
June 2007
(Jonathan at the time of the performance was unable to sing this concert)

Jonathan Silvia, bass-baritone, is a varied and active soloist in the Puget Sound area. During the 2006-2007 season, his opera credits include Tales of Hoffman with Bellevue Opera, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Tacoma Opera, and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione diPoppea with the Early Music Guild. To make sure no style is left out, previous seasons’ performances included two Rossini operas, Cinderella and Barber of Seville, Puccini’s LaBohème, and Handel’s Messiah. In March, he began as a regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. His growing list of venues and productions include opera, music theater, oratorio, and so on, such as with Puget Sound Opera, Seattle Civic Light Opera, University of Washington, and Lawrence University. Nor a stranger to the choral arts, he is a resident soloist for Plymouth Congregational Church and the Cascadian Chorale, and has performed professionally with many groups, including the inaugural season of the Annas Bay Music Festival and two seasons with the critically acclaimed Santa Fe Desert Chorale under the direction of Linda Mack. He is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, and has also studied in the Masters in Voice Performance program at the University of Washington with Julian Patrick. He now studies with Erich Parce, and teaches voice from studios in Renton and Redmond, Washington.

Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. (N. O. I. S. E.)
The Daughter of the Regiment (adaptation)
February – April 2007

Jonathan Silvia (bass-baritone) first remembers singing in 4th and a half grade, and no one has let him stop since then! Which is just as well.  He’s enjoyed singing in churches, concerts, musicals, and opera, too. He grew up in Massachusetts and went to school in Washington and Wisconsin, but he likes Washington best and calls it his home.

Seattle Opera Guild Preview
L’italiana in Algieri
September 2006

Jonathan Silvia, bass-baritone, is active in the local opera scene and as a soloist. Over the next year he will cover a wide variety of styles, from Monteverdi’s Poppea with the Early Music Guild, to Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Tacoma Opera, and Hoffman with Bellevue Opera. To make sure nothing is left out, recently he has also performed two Rossini operas, Puccini’s Bohème, and Handel’s Messiah.

Skagit Opera
The Barber of Seville
March 2006

Jonathan Silvia, bass, is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Returning to WA, he has since been involved in several productions with a variety of ensembles and roles, such as with Bellevue Opera, Skagit Opera, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Eastside Music Theater, and the University of WA. Nor a stranger to the choral arts, he regularly and professionally sings with Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle, with the Cascadian Chorale, and with the acclaimed, fully-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale (2004, 2005), among others. As a solo performer, in May of 2005 he made his debut at Nordstrom Hall with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwartz, where he sang Flight for Heaven, a song cycle by Ned Rorem. Other oratorio work includes Magnificat (J. S. Bach), Messiah, St. Matthew Passion (J. S. Bach), and Creation (spring of 2006). He was seen most recently as Colline in Bellevue Opera’s La Bohème, as the bass soloist for Messiah at Skagit Opera, here in Barber of Seville also at Skagit Opera, and in the coming months with Bellevue Opera as Alidoro in Cinderella.

Skagit Opera
The Messiah
December 2005

Jonathan Silvia, bass, is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Returning to Washington, he has since been involved in several productions with a variety of ensembles and roles, such as with Bellevue Opera, Skagit Opera, Seattle Civic Light Opera, and the University of Washington. Regularly, he sings professionally with Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown Seattle, with the Cascadian Chorale, and with the acclaimed Santa Fe Desert Chorale, among others. Most recently he was seen as Colline in Bellevue Opera’s La Bohème, and in the coming months will be involved again with Skagit Opera and with Bellevue Opera as Alidoro in Cenerentola.

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