Ohio-born tenor JONATHAN SMUCKER (Witch of Endor / Abner / Amalekite) has sung more than 50 diverse roles in opera, oratorio, operetta and musical theater. This season, he was tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major with Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, and in June he sings the role of First Elder/Tassi/Oculist in the West Coast premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s opera Artemisia with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. A longtime member of the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, he appears frequently with PBO in solo parts, including the recordings of Handel’s Teseo and Joseph and his Brethren. He joins PBO next April as First Propétide and Un Berger in a fully staged production of Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus in San Francisco and Versailles.
Hailed as “a polished singing actor” by San Francisco Classical Voice, Jonathan has sung in numerous operatic premieres and workshops, including the San Francisco readings of Mason Bates’s The (r)Evolution of Steve Jobs, Laura Kaminsky’s Today it Rains, and Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown. A committed music educator, he serves on the voice faculty at San José State University and is the voice department chair at San Francisco Community Music Center, where he recently conceived and coordinated Trans and Singing: A Symposium for Voice Teachers and Singers of All Genders.