Described as “clownish perfection” (Jonathan Warman, DramaqueenNYC) and “highly entertaining throughout” (Logan Martell, Operawire) for his creation of Sandrino in the uncovered Salieri opera La Cifra with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Jay Lucas Chacon has become an active and noticeable artist in NYC.
This past year, Jay joined On Site Opera in NYC for the Shostakovich opera The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse and was expected to join them at the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY for their production of the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia, pending the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the pandemic, Jay founded the startup ViOp Productions, a virtual opera production company set up to employ artists to create and continue working through virtual medium creating opera on film, filmed concerts and online recitals, and virtual readings. He produced and performed with tenor John Riesen in a duet recital Crossing Paths as well as Rodolfo in production on a film version of
La bohème Act 3 by Leoncavallo, and The Spirit of Christmas; a holiday special. Jay also conceived and produced An American's Journey; a monodrama of Aaron Copland’ Old American Songs. Future productions include Mascagni’ Zanetto, a recital of African American music featuring soprano Stephanie Ball on location in Washington DC, and a cabaret of music from the musical Chess, where Jay will sing the role of Anatoly Sergievski.
At the start of the pandemic, Jay created an online recital series Singing-in-Place where he performed various operatic arias and musical theater songs ranging from Puccini and Wagner to Andrew Lloyd Weber and Jason Robert Brown. This led to a collaboration with Eric Sirota, composer of the off-Broadway show Frankenstein, on his new work A Good Day. For this work, Jay has recorded vocals for the role of Sam and read the role of David in a virtual reading.
In his desire to champion new music, Jay joined New Camerata Opera’ branch of opera-on-film, CamerataWorks, for their commission of Whitney George’ opera Julie in the role of Duc de Durfort which premiered in June 2020. Jay has also performed the role of Brently in Michael Valenti' Story of an Hour with Gramercy Opera and created the role of Richard in the premiere of David Chesky's opera La Farranucci with Operavocateur Productions. In 2018, Jay was seen with Center for Contemporary Opera in their Developmental Series as the Soldier in Scott Wheeler' The Sorrows of Frederick.
Jay’s career as a performer has showcased a wide array of roles throughout NYC, regionally, and internationally. In the summer of 2019, Jay made his international debut in Montréal as a guest artist with L'Institut Canadien d'Art Vocal performing the role of Rodolfo in the Leoncavallo La bohème. This was followed by his main stage debut with New Camerata Opera in NYC for their production of the zarzuela
El Barbero de Sevilla in the role of Benito. Earlier in the year, Jay returned to Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus for the role of Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana where he had previously performed the Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and as Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors. During the summer of 2017, Jay returned to
Apotheosis Opera, performing the role of The Count in Capriccio where he debuted as Handsome in La Fanciulla del West the previous year. Jay has twice interpreted the role of Schaunard in La bohème with Long Island Opera Company and Saint Petersburg Opera Company. Jay has also had performances with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Innkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha, Bronx Opera as George Page in Sir John in Love, and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Manhattan Opera Studio as well the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble.
Jay has been a member of the Austin Opera chorus and sang with Union Avenue Opera and Winter Opera Saint Louis. While in Austin, Jay was a member of
Cindy Sadler's training program Spotlight on Opera where he sang the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Sam In Trouble in Tahiti. Jay also spent 3 summers with the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria where he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
Jay has worked as a teaching artist with Bronx Opera and The Leadership Program in the greater NYC area. Jay is also a frequent performer of children’s operas having worked with New Camerata Opera' outreach, Camerata Piccola, as well as Prelude Opera and sang Papageno in The Magic Flute with Childrens Philharmonia. Jay has studied with Dr. Glenn Bennett, Met tenor William Lewis and Alexandra LoBianco.