Tenor Jonas Hacker hails from Lake Delton, Wisconsin and is currently completing his fourth and final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he studies voice with William Stone.
Mr. Hacker was most recently seen as Jaquino in Washington Concert Opera's production of Beethoven's Leonore, the first version of his opera Fidelio; as the tenor soloist in a quartet rendition of Bach's Cantata 150 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and as George Gibbs in Ned Rorem's Our Town with Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera. In February he was awarded the Robert Jacobson Award as a Finalist in the George London Foundation Competition. Future engagements this year include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Academy of Vocal Arts and a return to Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist in the summer to sing Bastianello and Lambent in John Musto's Bastianello, Roderick Usher in Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, and present a concert titled Four of a Kind with collaborator Steven Blier.
In 2016, Mr. Hacker was seen on Dallas Opera's Institute for Women Conductor's concert, which received a segment on PBS's NewsHour program, and made his debut with Washington Concert Opera singing the Pearlfisher's Duet on their 30th Anniversary Concert to honor Maestro Antony Walker's 15th season of leadership. In the summer of 2016 he made his debut as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera where he sang Sospiro in the U.S. premiere of Florian Gassmann’s comic opera L’opera seria, sang in the concert From Lute Song to The Beatles with Steven Blier, and was part of the Improper Opera improv troupe. Active in competitions around the country, Mr. Hacker was selected as one of the nine Grand Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was one of nine Finalists in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, and won second place in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.
Active in both opera and oratorio, Mr. Hacker made his debut with the Columbus Symphony in 2016 singing Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah under the baton of Maestro Rossen Milanov. In 2015 he sang the Tenor Soloist in Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s SingIN event in Verizon Hall and sang the complete Messiah with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in 2012.
In 2015, Mr. Hacker made his professional operatic debut with Annapolis Opera as Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte and was awarded the Robert Crosby Memorial Award in the Opera Index competition. That summer, he was part of the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program where he covered the title role in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica. While there, he performed Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Hacker began attending the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2013 where performances have included Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri. He received his Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he studied voice with Professor Stephen Lusmann and performed Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress conducted by Martin Katz. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and studied voice with Dr. Mark Mowry and Dr. Daniel Newman.
Additional performance credits for Mr. Hacker include Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine under the baton of Maestro Ari Pelto in Arezzo, Italy; Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, both with Seagle Music Colony.
Photo by Kristin Hoebermann