Bourgie Hall presents

Jack Swanson, tenor & John Arida, piano

From Italian opera to Irish songs to Romantic music, Jack Swanson is fearless! This young tenor hailing from the Midwest, widely applauded throughout Europe and the United States, makes his Bourgie Hall debut.

Jack Swanson, tenor

Stillwater, Minnesota native Jack Swanson is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young tenors in the opera world. His distinctive high lyric voice is known for singing the acrobatic arias of Rossini and the legato melodies of Donizetti.

In 2023/24, Jack Swanson will make his debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and then returns to Den Norske Oper in the same role for Stefan Herheim’s production under Vincenzo Milletarì. He also makes his debut with Houston Grand Opera, returning to the role of Fenton (Falstaff) under Patrick Summers. He will finish his season at the Rossini Opera Festival, reprising his signature Almaviva under Lorenzo Passerini. 

Equally comfortable on the concert and recital platforms, this season Jack performs recitals with the Sag Harbor Song Festival and Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Canada with pianist, John Arida. He will also perform Carmina Burana with Symphoria Orchestra in New York.  Jack debuted with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rossini’s Stabat Mater conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, the Houston Symphony for Mozart’s requiem under the baton of Itzhak Perlman and has otherwise appeared at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Atlanta Opera, Lausitz Festival and Los Angeles Opera as Candide, the Kennedy Center in Washington in selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe, and with Speranza Scappucci and Insula Orchestra in Rossini’s Messa di Gloria. He has given mainstage recital debuts at Oper Frankfurt with Malcolm Martineau, and as part of the 2021 Rossini Opera Festival with Gianni Fabbrini, in programmes of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rossini and Poulenc.

John Arida, piano

John Arida is a pianist and coach based in New York City and specializing in both opera and art song. During the 2016-17 season he appeared in recital with soprano Julia Bullock at the Rochester Lyric Opera and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino at Opera Delaware’s Sunday Artist Spotlight series. Mr. Arida also serves on the music staff at the Juilliard School, Virginia Opera, and Central City Opera, as well as the Prototype Festival, where he will prepare the New York premiere of “anatomy theater” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. Past notable performances include Carnegie Hall and Mexico recital debuts with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard; John’s Canadian debut with soprano Simone Osborne; and the live-streamed memorial tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel, where his partners included Sir James Galway. Mr. Arida has been on the music staff at the Juilliard School, Central City Opera, the Castleton Festival, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and has held a season-long engagement as Emerging Artist Pianist with Virginia Opera. He holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Juilliard as well as a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase.

Works by BELLINI, LISZT, GRIEG, and POULENC, as well as Irish and Scottish songs in tribute to John McCORMACK.

Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:30pm
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