Jason McStoots in the Press

For the title role in Britten's Albert Herring

"particularly outstanding...projecting the greengrocer's shyness, sense of duty, and longing to cut loose with sweet, appealing tone and real acting ability."
--- Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

For his creation of the title role in Enrico Garzilli's Michelangelo

"But it is Jason McStoots' warm unforced tenor that stands out as the adult Michelangelo. McStoots is a natural, a believable actor and a first-rate singer."
--Channing Grey, Providence Journal

For his singing of the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion with The Masterworks Choral
Jason McStoots, the tenor, sang the role of the Evangelist. What a voice! It's high and sweet, with a pure consistent enunciation that never seems to lose its energy.
-- John Melithoniotes Concert Review BLOG

From the world premier of Charles Shadle's A Last Goodbye produced by Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series
"Tenor Jason McStoots sang with calmly ringing ease as Stephen, avoiding overplaying the character's fey prickliness, deftly modulating to deeper ardency."
--The Boston Globe, Matthew Guerrieri

"All of the singing was excellent. Intermezzo founder and director John Whittlesey assumed the role of Robert. His luxurious baritone is in great condition, and he sang the music with conviction. As his lover, Stephen, Jason McStoots was equally impressive. His silken, tenor voice, and clear diction were a delight to hear, particularly in his one solo song."
--Edge Boston, Ed Tapper

For his creation of the role of Billy in Thomas Oboe Lee's The Inman Diaries
"And Intermezzo has recruited a solid cast of local talent. Particularly notable was tenor Jason McStoots as Inman's sometime handyman Billy - his second-act duet with Bauwens, the two reading Billy's farewell letter to Inman, was the musical high point. But it's indicative that the letter's gratitude is surprising, given what little we've seen of their relationship."
--Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe

For the role of Arnalta in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea
"The well-chosen cast is excellent. No "white" tones here, but fine voices imbuing Monteverdi's music and librettist Busenello's words with the gamut of expression and Baroque style."
"Every singer deserves mention, especially Jason McStoots as the nurse Arnalta, a born comic in one of two drag roles."
" The singing was splendid throughout the cast."
-- Philippa Kiraly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

For his roles in Lully's Psyche with the Boston Early Music Festival
"For the most part, the large cast and chorus sang with razor-sharp clarity and stellar musicianship...Act II was highlighted by the appearance of Colin Balzer and Jason McStoots, respectively as Vulcain,...and Zephire, god of the winds. When these two tenors sang together, it was a stunning union of four elements, McStoots's water and air meeting Balzer's earth and fire."
--Wayman Chin, Opera News

"All this is revealed in ravishing songs, instrumental passages, and dances. Lully's harmonies could break your heart, as when, in the Prologue, Vertumne, god of trees and fruits (tenor Jason McStoots) and Palemon, god of waters (baritone Matthew Shaw) join their voices to vaunt tender-heartedness over beauty."
--Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

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