Jay Lucas Chacon is a baritone from Phoenix, AZ currently residing in NYC. Described as "versatile" and having "comedic instincts" (Voce di Meche), Jay has been an active and noticeable artist in NYC. Jay recently 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.
Jay made 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. In addition to performing main-stage with New Camerata Opera, Jay will be joining their branch of opera on film, CamerataWorks, for their commission of Whitney Georges opera Julie in the role of Duc de Durfort.
Later this year, Jay will workshop his one-man show I Am Figaro, written by Bea Goodwin with The Curiosity Cabinet as well as perform with On Site Opera in the Shostakovich opera The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse.
In recent seasons, Jay created the role of Richard in the premiere of David Chesky's opera La Farranucci with Operavocateur Productions. Jay also returned to Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus for the role of Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana.
In 2018, Jay has been seen with Center for Contemporary Opera in their Developmental Series as the Soldier in Scott Wheeler' The Sorrows of Frederick. Jay returned to dell'Arte Opera Ensemble in the American premiere of Salieri' La Cifra creating the role of Sandrino, receiving excellent reviews from Operawire, Broadway World, among others.
The fall of 2017 was particularly busy for Jay. He made debuts with Long Island Opera Company as Schaunard in La bohème, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Manhattan Opera Studio, Marullo in Rigoletto with Teatro Lirico d’Europa in Wilkes-Barre PA, Marchese d'Obigny in La Traviata with MidAtlantic Opera Company in Jersey Shore, as well as Marco and covering the title role in Gianni Schicchi with City Lyric Opera in NYC.
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. He also performed his first Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus. Earlier that year, Jay debuted with Bronx Opera as
George Page in Sir John in Love.
Jay has also had performances with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Innkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha, covering Schaunard in La bohème with Saint Petersburg Opera Company, and Utopia Opera as L'orloge Comtoise in L'enfant et les Sortileges for his NYC debut. Jay made his debut with
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble as Figaro in the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia.'
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 currently works as a teaching artist with Bronx Opera and performs with New Camerata Operas outreach, Camerata Piccola. as well as Prelude Opera, a company specializing in children's operas. Jay has studied with Dr. Glenn Bennett and Met tenor William Lewis and currently studies with Alexandra LoBianco.