Described as a “sonorous baritone” by the New York Times, American baritone Jason Cox returns to the ensemble at the Luzerner Theater for the 2018/2019 season, where his assignments include Baritone soloist in a staged version of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, General Boom in Jacques Offenbach’s Le Grand-Duchesse de Gérolstein, and the title role of Don Giovanni. Mr. Cox returned to the ensemble for the 2019/2020 season which included four role debuts and madehis debut with the Ensemble Corund and Winterthur Orchestra in the spring of 2020. In the fall of 2020, Mr. Cox returned to Theater Basel as Frère Léon in Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise and later in the year, he was slated to return to Ensemble Corund as Raphael and Adam in Die Schöpfung (COVID19), and as the baritone soloist in Bach’s Magnificat as well as singing Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Luzerner Theater.
Previous roles at the Luzerner Theater during the 2017/2018 season included Brétigny in Manon, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Cecil in Maria Stuarda. His 2016/2017 season assignments included Monterone in Rigoletto, Taddeo in l’italiana in Algeri, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Baritone soloist in Monteverdi’s Marien Vespers, and Baron Duphol in La traviata.
Mr. Cox made his European debut at Theater Basel (Switzerland) where he sang Vater in Hänsel und Gretel, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Le Chat/L’Horloge Comtoise in L’enfant et les Sortilèges. During the 2014-15 he made his German debut with Theater Magdeburg as Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, before returning to Theater Basel for Junius in Rape of Lucretia and M6 in the contemporary opera Hölderlin. Eine Expedition by Peter Ruzicka.
Other recent engagements include Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and Baritone soloist in a scenic realization of Carmina Burana at Theater Bremen, as well as in the role of the Stranger in Max Brand’s Stormy Interlude which marked his debut with the Landestheater Salzburg in Austria.
Back in the United States, Mr. Cox’s professional credits include, Professor Bhaer in Mark Adamo’s Little Woman, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Mr. Cox received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where performances include Sparbüchsen Billy in Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Athanaël in Thaïs, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Sam in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and Tirenio in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido.