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In 1993, Jason Wasley won the Herald-Sun Aria, which enabled him to further his studies in Europe. The following year he represented Australia in the finals of the Placido Domingo World Operalia Competition in Vienna.
After study at Bertrand Russell Institute of Languages in Italy, Jason moved to London where he was accepted into the National Opera Studio.
He worked with the Welsh National Opera’s education programme, which included performing Don Giovanni and Escamillio from Carmen. He sang the Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore for D’Oyly Carte Opera, Figaro in The Barber of Seville for British Youth Opera, Peter in Hansel and Gretel for Clonter Opera and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for Pegasus Opera Company. He also sang Kullervo in the British premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo.
In 2006, he moved from baritone to tenor and sang the tenor solos in Verdi’s Requiem for the Melbourne Chorale, the roles of Don José in Carmen and Cavaradossi in Tosca for Melbourne Opera, the title role in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex for Victorian Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for OzOpera’s national tour.
Most recently, Jason Wasley has sung Alfredo in Opera Australia’s touring production of La traviata, the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Sydney Philharmonia, Florestan in Fidelio and the title role in Rienzi for Melbourne Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with Sydney University Chamber Choir and Rodrigo in Otello for State Opera of South Australia.
2015 highlights included Max in Der Freischütz for Melbourne Opera, the world premiere of Women in War in Athens, Greece and concert performances of La traviata and Carmen throughout China. In September 2015, Jason took on the leading role of Old Deuteronomy for the Australasian tour of CATS.