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With his powerful voice and commanding stage presence, baritone Jacob Lassetter enjoys an exciting and vibrant career on both the operatic and concert stage. Critics have praised his dignified characterizations, his soaring high range, and his deep, rich tone quality.

This season Mr. Lassetter sings the title role in Rigoletto with The Druid City Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Osmin in The Billy Goats Gruff with Opera Edwardsville, an aria concert and residency with Southern Illinois University, a recital of British Art Songs at Webster University, and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ with Manchester United Methodist Church.

Last season Mr. Lassetter sang Tonio in I pagliacci with Painted Sky Opera, Ford in Falstaff with Union Avenue Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with The Druid City Opera, Vodnik in Rusalka with Heartland Opera Theatre, Rambaldo in La rondine and Ali Ben Ali in The Desert Song with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Papa in Goldie B. Locks with Opera Edwardsville, Messiah with Greenville University, and Britten’s Cantata misericordium with Webster University.

2021–2022 was a season of Scarpia for Mr. Lassetter, with performances at The Druid City Opera, Mobile Opera, and Marble City Opera, as well as covering the role with Anchorage Opera. In 2021–2022 he also sang Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Painted Sky Opera, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Schubert’s Mass in G in Festus, Missouri, a season preview concert with Union Avenue Opera, and a solo recital at Webster University.

In the 2020–2021 season Mr. Lassetter sang benefit concerts for both Winter Opera Saint Louis and Union Avenue Opera. He was scheduled to sing the title role in Der fliegende Holländer with Mid-Ohio Civic Opera, as well as a return to Italy for performances of the title role in Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and various other concerts. These engagements were all unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

In the 2019–2020 season Mr. Lassetter sang Sonora in La fanciulla del West with Winter Opera Saint Louis, and both Schubert’s Winterreise and Argento’s The Andrée Expedition in recital. In the 2018–2019 season he sang Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Carmina Burana with the Washington University Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem and A Symphony of Toys with The Missouri Symphony, Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore and Il Gran Sacerdote in Nabucco with Union Avenue Opera, and a series of three recitals with St. Louis Art Song.

Opera audiences have recently seen Mr. Lassetter as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Annapolis Opera, Wolfram in Tannhäuser with Apotheosis Opera (New York City,) Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Union Avenue Opera, and Rodrigo in the world premiere of Borgia Infami with Winter Opera Saint Louis. Concert performances include Schubert’s Mass in A-Flat at Carnegie Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Robbiate, Italy, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Bach Chamber Players of Saint Paul, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble, and a recital on the Shepley Concert Series at Christ Church Cathedral (Saint Louis.)

Mr. Lassetter’s additional operatic credits include Germont in La traviata (including his Italian debut in Castelfranco Veneto,) Michele in Il tabarro, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, and Griswold in Argento’s The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe. Other concert credits include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion. He has earned critical acclaim for Orff’s Carmina Burana, including a performance at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, where he also sang Fauré’s Requiem. A frequent recitalist, he made his debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2008 alongside his wife, soprano Karen Kanakis.

Mr. Lassetter has been a Finalist in the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, a Semi-finalist in the Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition, a Regional Finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition, and received the Encouragement Award from the Southern Ohio District of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is an alumnus of the Young Artist Programs of Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Utah Festival Opera, and holds degrees from Louisiana State University, The University of North Texas, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.