Singing all genres of music: specializing in historically informed performance of music from the 10th to the 18th centuries
A veteran of the operatic stage, he has performed roles from Purcell to Puccini - including premiering a number of new operatic works. He is a specialist in baroque opera, especially in productions that utilize historically accurate movement, stage comportment, and gestural language. McStoots has been praised for his acting ability, his skill with comedic characters and his elegant presentation. In addition he is a respected stage director and voice teacher.
As a well-known performer in the world of historically informed performance, McStoots has performed solo concert and recital repertoire for enthusiastic audiences around world. The masterworks of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Monteverdi, and Purcell are a regular part of his career for the last 25 years. These opportunities have garnered him critical acclaim and have taken him to such places as Japan, England, Belgium and Germany.
Even in the early days of his career, McStoots was a skillful and sought-after ensemble artist. He has continued this along side his active career as a soloist and has sung with numerous professional ensembles specializing in Early Music. Most notably he is a key member of the Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble and the Renaissance and Medieval ensemble, Blue Heron - organizations that value the ideals of vocal chamber music.
LES DÉLICES - "The White Cat: A French Baroque Operatic Pastiche" Cleveland and Akron, OH Mar. 31-Apr 3
BLUE HERON- "Many Voices: Renaissanc...
BLUE HERON - Ockeghem Songs Part II
BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL - Opera Recording
Jason McStoots carried out the yeoman’s part of the Evangelist with an extraordinary range of expression. Over much of the two hours, McStoots’s voiced a resolute and absorbing storyteller. His absolutely understandable enunciation conveyed the illusion of an actor in a compelling monodrama. While he could summon fieriness or grief, his highly attractive tenor tones could not have been more ear-catching, whether in high or low tessitura.
- Boston Musical Intelligencer, David Patterson
Handel was by far the most memorable character in the ‘backstage’ cast. Played to hilarious perfection by Jason McStoots, he composes and busies himself writing and handing out music to the orchestra players, generally being a fidgeting busybody. McStoots was glorious in his one melismatic aria, “Consider fond shepherd.”
- Arts Fuse, Susan Miron
A program of French baroque haute-contra arias, performed with the Cleveland based ensemble, Les Délices.
“McStoots was the consummate artist, wielding not just a sweet tone but also incredible technique and impeccable pronunciation.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer