About Jake

Jake SkipworthPast Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2016 – Chorus in La Traviata and The Mikado; covered Commissioner/Marquis in La Traviata and Pish-Tush in The Mikado.
Select credits: Rigoletto (Monterone, Rigoletto cover), Madama Butterfly (Yakuside, Sharpless cover), and The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta cover) with St. Petersburg Opera; La Traviata (Commissionario) with Sarasota Opera; La bohème (Schaunard) with Kent Philharmonic Orchestra; Carmen (Zuniga) with Heartland Opera Theatre; The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (Baron Grog) with Wichita Grand Opera.
Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Florida District, 2018; Georgia District, 2019)—District Winner, Orpheus Vocal Competition (2019)—Bizet Award Winner, National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (Southeast Region, 2019)—First Place, Naftzger Young Artist Competition (2015)—Vocal Award winner.
Education: Wichita State University (2015), Oakland University (Bachelor of Music, 2012).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 2

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour D

Week Four Master Class

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long

 

Young Artist Interview

Jake SkipworthQ: What is your hometown?
A: Detroit, Michigan.

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: The Magic Flute, Age 18.

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: Mozart’s Così fan tutte as Don Alfonso.

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: Scarpia: He is noble and regal, yet evil and conniving. I try to be a good a decent person, so in opera, I love studying and playing the bad guys! 

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: Robert Merrill, Cornell MacNeil, Samuel Ramey.

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: I love that, at any point within an opera, it features all of the art forms.

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: I am basic. My favorite is Chocolate Chip!

Photo caption: Jake Skipworth as Monterone in Rigoletto at St. Pete Opera. Photo Credit: Jim Swallow.