Born in Melbourne in 1962, Lucas de Jong made his professional debut at the age of twelve, for the AUSTRALIAN OPERA, as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca. He is a graduate of the VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS and was a member, beginning in 1990, of the VICTORIA STATE OPERA’s Young Artist Program.
In 1990 and 1991, he was regularly engaged by the VICTORIA STATE OPERA singing Dr. Malatesta in DON PASQUALE, The Imperial Commissioner in MADAM BUTTERFLY, and Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE.
From 1992 he made his home in London almost immediately being engaged by CHELMSFORD OPERA to sing Coppelius and Dappertutto in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, by SURREY OPERA, for Dr. Falke in DIE FLEDERMAUS, as Schaunard in LA BOHEME by REGENCY OPERA and Marcello by WELWYN OPERA. In 1993 he appeared as Guglielmo and as Figaro in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, both for COURT OPERA, as Escamillo in CARMEN for OPERA SOUTH and in 1994 he made his GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA debut as Count Almaviva in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, a role he was subsequently engaged to sing the following year by WELSH NATIONAL OPERA.
Also during 1995 he appeared as Morales for THE ROYAL OPERA, on tour in Israel and returned to Australia to sing Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA.
During 1996 he appeared in the title role of DON GIOVANNI at the ATHENS MEGARON as well as for OPERA ATELIER in Toronto.
In 1997 and 1998 he sang the role of Marcello in LA BOHEME, Sharpless in MADAM BUTTERLY, Escamillo in CARMEN and Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR all for EUROPEAN CHAMBER OPERA, returned to Toronto as DON GIOVANNI for OPERA ATELIER, appeared in the title role of EUGENE ONEGIN for HOLLAND PARK OPERA in London, and appeared as Papageno in THE MAGIC FLUTE for MID WALES OPERA. The following year saw him appear as Silvio in I PAGLIACCI for NEW SUSSEX OPERA as Germont in LA TRAVIATA for LONDON CITY OPERA and as Don Giovanni for OPERA BRAVA.
He sang the role of Herod in HERODIADE at the ANNA LIVIA FESTIVAL in Dublin in 2000.
That same year he returned to make his home full-time in Australia. Since then his engagements have included Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS for OPERA AUSTRALIA that same year and again in 2001 and then subsequently for OPERA AUSTRALIA, Fleville and Roucher in Andrea Chenier, Silvio in I PAGLIACCI and Escamillo in CARMEN both during 2002, Sharpless and Yamadori in MADAM BUTTERFLY and, most recently, during 2004, St. Brioche in the Melbourne season of DIE FLEDERMAUS. He also appeared, in 2002 and 2004, as Zurga and as Valentin in FAUST, both for the WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA COMPANY.
Of his performances in OPERA AUSTRALIA’s MADAM BUTTERFLY in 2003, THE AGE has written, Lucas de Jong makes a charismatic Consul with natural vocal authority., and the WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES has written of his performance of DON GIOVANNI, …de Jong gave a suitably suave performance… With his beautifully produced voice and fine stage presence…., and, The singing was of high quality, particularly that from Lucas de Jong as Don Giovanni. The Windsor & Eton Express said of his Marcello in EUROPEAN CHAMBER OPERA’s LA BOHEME, …de Jong was outstanding, anchoring the opera in strong fashion., while THE SOUTHERN CROSS wrote of his Eugene Onegin for HOLLAND PARK OPERA, He has a rich voice… Is a talented actor and brought authority, (and) insight to the role., and RIVISTA in Canada wrote of his appearances for OPERA ATELIER, This Don Giovanni comes to life with great vitality and presence thanks to Lucas de Jong. EASTLEIGH & SOUTH HANTS WEEKLY NEWS wrote of his Escamillo in OPERA SOUTH’s CARMEN, …powerfully performed by Lucas de Jong, who sang with verve and authority. Finally, OPERA AUSTRALASIA has said of his Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA, Lucas de Jong’s impressive Zurga burst upon me with particular impact: strongly sung, and convincingly characterised. He looks good, moves well and sings with a rock-solid baritone of exemplary quality.
Lucas de Jong’s recent concert engagements have included MESSIAH for the COLLEGIUM SYMPHONY CHORUS at the PERTH CONCERT HALL in December 2006, Brahm’s REQUIEM for the ROYAL MELBOURNE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY, Mozart’s MASS IN C, Weill’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS and CLASSICAL SPECTACULAR, all for the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, OPERA IN THE ALPS, OPERA IN THE VINEYARD and OPERA IN THE MARKET all for AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL EVENTS, and CARMINA BURANA with the MELBOURNE CHORALE and, most recently during 2009, with CAMBERWELL GRAMMAR. In London, his concert experience included the Brahms REQIUEM with the LONDON ORIANA CHOIR and also for the UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, and opera concerts for OPERA NORTHERN IRELAND.
His recent operatic engagements have included Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS for OPERA AUSTRALIA‘s SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL performance in Melbourne in 2007, Marcello in LA BOHEME for MELBOURNE OPERA and the role of Ping in TURANDOT for OPERA QUEENSLAND during 2008 and, The Mandarin in the same opera, for MONASH UNIVERSITY during 2011.
During 2009, he appeared as Germont Pere in LA TRAVIATA and as Scarpia in TOSCA, both for MELBOURNE OPERA and as Dancaire in the company’s season of CARMEN, during 2011 and which he continued to sing in the company’s regional touring season during 2012.
During 2013 he appeared in MORE THAN OPERA‘s RING.WAGNER.ANIMATED including in its season at MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE as part of OPERA AUSTRALIA‘s MELBOURNE RING FESTIVAL.
He was engaged to appear in the role of Sir Richard Forth in VICTORIAN OPERA‘s season of I PURITANI during 2015.
Lucas de Jong‘s concert engagements during 2016 will include the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahler’s LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN and Bach’s COFFEE CANTATA, both with IL FRATERNITA DI SOLISTI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in Melbourne.
His operatic engagements during 2016 included the role of Count Almaviva in OPERA AUSTRALIA‘s touring production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.
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