Baritone Jonathan Hays has performed leading roles in opera and music theatre with the Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Opera de la Colombia, Cape Town Opera, Portland Opera, Central City Opera, Anchorage Opera, Syracuse Opera, and as a soloist with many symphony orchestras, including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart Festival, American Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
His discography includes Robert Pound’s Relics of Memory (Albany Records, 2020), Pound’s Orbit of the Soul (Naxos USA, 2018), Jeremy Gill’s Helian (Albany Records, 2011), and Henry Cowell’s Atlantis (American Symphony Orchestra, 2010). Colin Clarke of Fanfare Magazine wrote of his Orbit of the Soul recording: “The present performance with baritone seems to hold a particular pathos. Perhaps that is due to Jonathan Hays’s superb interpretation: Technical aspects such as diction and pitching are so superbly managed that one’s attention is fully focused on Pound’s narrative. This is a positively revelatory release” (Mar/Apr 2019). He has served on the voice faculties of University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, The Hartt School (Music Theatre), Dickinson College, Susquehanna University, and Brooklyn College and Conservatory of Music.