“His voice was commanding as was his characterization.”
-Seattle blogger “Geoduck”
“Jonathan Silvia was all quick-witted resourcefulness as Figaro.”
Jonathan Silvia (bass-baritone) has been attracting notice with his distinct timbre, secure technique, fine musicianship, and incisive interpretative gifts. For Seattle Opera, he has performed several principal roles, most recently as the Marquis d’Obigny (Traviata), the High Priest of Baal (Nabucco), and Luther (Hoffmann). He makes regular appearances with Pacific Northwest Opera (formerly Skagit Opera), performing roles such as Oroveso (Norma), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Zuniga (Carmen), Ramfis (Aïda), and Sarastro/Sprecher (The Magic Flute).
Appearances with other Northwest opera companies include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Zuniga (Carmen), Basilio (Barber of Seville), and Colline (Bohème) with Vashon Opera, Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), and Nilakantha (Lakmé) with Puget Sound Concert Opera, Colline (La Bohème) and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) with Tacoma Opera, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Kitsap Opera, and Filippo (Don Carlo) and Alidoro in (La Cenerentola) with Bellevue Opera.
Nationally, he has appeared at Des Moines Metro Opera, singing the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Markheim, and at Opera Tampa as Colline (La Bohème). With Music of Remembrance, he portrayed Death in Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis to critical acclaim. In 2014, Mr. Silvia premiered The Lost Voice, a one-act children’s opera composed by Aaron Grad. He also sang the title role in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, where he is a member and resident soloist.
He is a frequent concert artist, performing works such as Bach’s St. John Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah, and performs and records regularly with the Byrd Ensemble. As an advocate for singing, he performed three seasons with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. and has taught privately and at the university level for over a decade.
In 2016, he began a video project about the life of a working opera singer, called “Singerreise.” With it, he has released dozens of videos and articles to delight, educate, and encourage fellow singers, students of singing, and all those who love singing. For more information, check out Singerreise.com, the Singerreise YouTube channel the Singerreise facebook page. If you would like to support the Singerreise mission, go to patreon.com/singerreise.
Mr. Silvia is a graduate of Lawrence University, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. He also pursued studies at the University of Washington under the late Julian Patrick. He has participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and has been a winner on the district level and competed on the regional level.
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PDF Version: JSilvia Resume, 2016
PDF Version: JSilvia Resume (Concert), 2016