Jason Slayden has become internationally recognized for his interpretation of leading tenor roles in the bel canto, verismo, and french grand opera repertoires. Role highlights include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Lt BF Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Werther in Massenet’s Werther, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, as well as many Verdi roles, including Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Alfredo (La Traviata), Fenton (Falstaff) and il Duca di Mantua (Rigoletto). In 2016, he made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the baton of Mo. Emmanuel Villaume in Bartlett Sher’s production of Romeo et Juliette as Tybalt and Romeo understudy. He has also sung with Vancouver Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera de Montreal, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Seito Kinen Festival, Ash Lawn, Berkshire Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has been awarded a Sullivan Career Grant, the Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize, a George London encouragement award, and was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist.
Along with a career in opera, Jason is a multimedia artist working in the disciplines of sound design, photography, video and animation. With his wife, soprano Abigail Fischer, he creates immersive performance projects with art song, field recordings, and electronic music in their multimedia duo BELHAVEN.