The American bass, Jason Hardy, studied at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida (1991), Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (1995), and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland (2000). He was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists, Grand Prize-winner of both the Florida Grand Opera Competition and the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Competition, and a winner in the Liederkranz Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and the Oratorio Society of New York vocal competitions. He is also the recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Career Grant.
Acclaimed on the opera, concert, and recital stage, Jason Hardy has established himself as a leading singer and dramatic interpreter in a wide variety of repertoire. He has garnered acclaim in major roles of Mozart, most notably Figaro and Leporello, which have been seen at New York City Opera, Portland Opera, Madison Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Cleveland Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Omaha, Orlando Opera, Connecticut Opera, Opera Birmingham, and the Atlanta Opera, Elsewhere, he has performed leading roles with the Glimmerglass Festival, Baltimore Opera, Florentine Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Opéra de Montréal, Nashville Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Toledo Opera, Berkshire Opera, Dayton Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera. He also sang the role of Parsons under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel in the pre-production recording of his opera, 1984.
On the concert platform, Jason Hardy has given numerous performances at Carnegie Hall, including Mozart’s Requiem and Ein Deutches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, both under the baton of John Rutter. Concert highlights also include debuts at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, National Chorale, New York Choral Society, New York City Ballet, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
In recital, Jason Hardy performed song repertoire and vocal chamber works ranging from Purcell to Prokofiev at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival. He has presented recitals nationwide under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, including a debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, where he performed the world premiere of John Musto’s viva sweet love. Jason Hardy has released his first solo CD, entitled "Youth and Love", which is available at iTunes and several other online vendors.