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

Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations, Week 9

“Lily” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Nine Master Class

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds

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. 

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Nine, Jake drew inspiration from the theme The Future We Want, The World We Need: Collective Action for Tomorrow’s Challenges 

He says:

“For my playlist, I have assembled a list of songs that are uplifting and positive to me, as I think about what is to come in the future. The world we NEED includes an overwhelming amount of optimism, as we will have made it through these uncharted and dark times. When we emerge, we will be better, stronger, and it will be so good to see so many faces I have missed during these last months!”