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For the role Damon in Handel's Acis and Galatea
"Tenor Jason McStoots sang sweetly and insinuatingly as the confidant shepherd Damon, dressed as a flower child. The direction increased his role in the plot: Damon was pining in vain for Acis himself, and he turned him over to Polyphemus when it became clear that there was no place for him in the happy picture."
--- Richard Dyer, Boston Globe


For his solos in the Schnittke Requiem with Boston Secession
"Jason McStoots was a standout with his pure-toned tenor solo in the Sanctus movement underpinned by electric bass."
- Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

"...even in the usually exuberant "Sanctus" (here the tenor - the excellent Jason McStoots - floating his voice above deeply reverberant guitar pizzicatos)."
- Lloyd Schwarz, The Boston Phoenix

For his singing in Florestan Recital Series' FrancisFest Poulenc Festival
"...all of the singers performed with virtues of voice, intelligence, and musicianship, among them ... the young tenor Jason McStoots, whose work is at least as polished as it is promising. "
---Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

For his performance in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado
"Tenor Jason McStoots, with his finely articulated diction and light-textured, ringing voice was vocally the ideal Nanki-Poo."
--Anna Crebo of the Cape Cod Times

"The male cast here...Jason McSoots as Nanki-Poo... gave superb, flawless performances both vocally and as actors. What made this production so truly amazing, though, is that each of the performers mentioned above never missed a queue. They sang, they acted, they danced, they jumped about, they moved around the stage naturally and smoothly while doing everything a performer is supposed to do, keeping the audience's pleasure foremost in their sites as they went about their business. Multiple Bravos for this wonderful cast.
-- Paul Joseph Walkowski OperaOnline.us

"The cast was stellar: McStoots's Nanki-Poo light and bluff, but neither lightweight nor bland, and with exemplary enunciation..."
--Jeffery Gantz, The Boston Phoenix with The Bostonians

For his performance as tenor soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Monadnock Chorus, Peterborough , NH
"The orchestra and soloists were quite good. From Lauren McLean's wonderful Youth (in all senses!) to the lyrical last minute tenor of Jason McStoots, the soloists performed with art, talent and valor."
"The principal soloists - Maria Ferrante, soprano, Janice Edwards, Mezzo, Jason McStoots, tenor, and Robert Holden, baritone - created a good ground for the dramatic action of the piece."
"McStoots treated us to a flowing lyrical 'If with all your hearts,' which directly asked the question and offered the textual answer to the audience by, as my wife said, 'just singing it,' and I might add, beautifully. Mendelssohn gives the tenor two of the most beautiful 19th century arias ever and McStoots nailed them both. Bravo!"
"Mendelssohn clearly intended this oratorio to be almost operatic in scope and style. The chorus, Ferrante and McStoots best captured this sense."
---Ned Dahl, Monadnock Ledger

For the role of Little Bat McLean in Floyd's Susannah

"Jason McStoots as Little Bat McLean, successfully portrays the difficult conflicted role of one attracted to Susannah's innocence and beauty at the same time as the obedient son of the most austere and damning citizens of New Hope Valley. McStoots, from Brighton , Mass. , has a powerful tenor voice as well."
---Kay Liss, The Lincoln County News

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