About Jay

Described as "versatile" and having "comedic instincts" (Voce di Meche), Jay Lucas Chacon has been an active and noticeable artist in NYC.  This 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 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. Jay is also in the process of creating the startup ViOp Productions, a virtual opera production company where he will perform with tenor John Riesen in a duet recital Crossing Paths

In 2019, 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 joined their branch of opera-on-film, CamerataWorks, for their commission of Whitney Georges opera Julie in the role of Duc de Durfort which premiered June 4th, 2020.

Performances in 2019 included his role debut as Papageno in The Magic Flute with Childrens Philharmonic in New Jersey and the role of Brently in Michael Valenti' Story of an Hour with Gramercy Opera in NYC. During the summer 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. Jay created the role of Richard in the premiere of David Chesky's opera La Farranucci with Operavocateur Productions and returned to Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus for the role of Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana

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 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 where he made numerous debuts. Performances included Schaunard in La bohème with Long Island Opera CompanyFigaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Manhattan Opera StudioMarullo 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 has worked as a teaching artist with Bronx Opera and The Leadership Program in the greater NYC area. Jay also has performed childrens operas with New Camerata Operas outreach, Camerata Piccola. as well as Prelude Opera. Jay has studied with Dr. Glenn Bennett, Met tenor William Lewis and Alexandra LoBianco.

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