The American bass-baritone, stage director and music pedagogue, J.J. Hudson, obtained his Bachlor of Music degree (Composition and Voice Performance) from Stetson University, Florida; his Master of Arts degree (Voice Performance) degree from University of Iowa; his Master of Music degree in Opera Studies-Stage Direction and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Literature (2003) from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
J.J. Hudson has performed throughout the Western and Central New York region, as well as with various opera and concert organizations throughout the USA. He has performed more than twenty opera/lyric theater roles including: Leporello in Don Giovanni, Olin Blitch in Susannah, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Giorgio in Passion, Shaunard and Colline in La Bohème, Grenvil and Douphol in La Traviata, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Selim in Il Turco in Italia. He’s appeared with Eastman Opera Theater, Rochester Opera Factory, Tacoma Opera (Washington), Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Music by the Lake (Wisconsin), and the Centro Studi Opera Festival (Urbania, Italy). Hudson has studied voice with Carol Webber, John Muriello, and Gordon Ohlsson.
As a stage director, J.S. Hudson has directed several full productions and numerous opera scenes programs in professional and academic settings. In 2005, he directed Mercury Opera Rochester’s inaugural production of Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz. In 2003, he directed the workshop premier of operetta scholar, Richard Traubner’s new edition of Henri Christine’s Phi-Phi with the Eastman Opera Workshop. Hudson has also acted as an assistant director to several renowned directors including Ron Luchsinger at Opera North (New Hampshire), and Steven Daigle at the Eastman School of Music. In December 2008, he directed Mercury Opera’s annual production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
J.S. Hudson is currently also on the faculties of SUNY Oswego and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Before relocating to the Central New York area, he taught on the faculties of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Concord University (West Virginia). He currently teaches voice at the Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.