Jonathan returns to Washington National Opera as a Cafritz Young Artist where he will make his Kennedy Center debut as Escamillo and Dancaïro in the Carmen.
Recent highlights include continued collaborations with Wolf Trap Opera in Sweeney Todd, Viardot's Cendrillon, and the STARias Alumni Concert with the NSO.
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Jonathan Bryan has been praised for his “beautifully resonant baritone,” and “substantial sound,” and has performed leading roles on stages throughout the United States and abroad. He is an alumnus of The Atlanta Opera Studio, Wolf Trap Opera, and The Glimmerglass Festival, and was a 2019 Georgia District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He joins Washington National Opera for the 2020-2021 season as a Cafritz Young Artist to perform Marcello in La bohème as well as various virtual and local performances by the studio throughout the Covid-19 season.
His 2019-2020 season brought a return to The Atlanta Opera for his second season as the company’s resident studio baritone during which he performed First Nazerene in Strauss’ Salome and was slated to sing Yamadori and cover Sharpless in their production of Madama Butterfly prior to Covid-19. Other highlights prior to Covid-19 which may be rescheduled to a later date include a role debut as Silvio in the New Jersey Festival Orchestra‘s fully staged I Pagliacci and Luther and Crespel in Opera Louisiane’s Les Contes d’Hoffman. He made his international debut on the stage of the Château de Versailles as Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles, a role which he debuted with The Glimmerglass Festival in 2019 as well as the role of Baron Dauphol in Francesca Zambello’s production of La traviata with The Glimmerglass Festival and The Atlanta Opera.
2018-2019 highlights include covering the lead roles in Dead Man Walking and Eugene Onegin and performances as Motorcycle Cop/Prison Guard 1 and Zaretsy/Captain, respectively, in his first year as a Studio Artist at The Atlanta Opera. He made his Glimmerglass debut in the summer of 2018 singing Lieutenant Gordon in Tomer Zvulun’s production of Mark Campell’s and Kevin Putz’s Silent Night, and he covered Eric Owens in the role of Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen.
He has frequently appeared as a concert soloist in a number of master works, including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa in angustiis, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and sung with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Other roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking, and Rambaldo in La rondine.
He received his Master of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with world-renowned baritone, Wolfgang Brendel, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Louisiana State University.