Jonathan Stinson

Vocal and Musical Theatre Instructor
Edge Hill University

Dr Jonathan Stinson has appeared in leading and supporting roles with opera companies throughout The United States, including Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kentucky Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, Dayton Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and Opera New Jersey. Dr Stinson made his international debut in Cortona, Italy in 2010, singing the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Recent favorite roles include Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Sid in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Second Cardinal/Second Oracle in Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei, and the title roles of Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, Eugene Onegin (in English), and Don Giovanni. Dr. Stinson has appeared as a soloist with the Kentucky Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival (CA), the Orchestra of Northern New York, Lafayette Symphony (IN) Liberty Symphony (MO), and Battle Creek Symphony (MI). Past seasons have included the baritone/bass solos in the requiems of Fauré, Mozart, Brahms, and Duruflé, the complete Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium, Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh, Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and Mendelssohn’s Vom Himmel hoch. Dr Stinson served as the Cantorial Soloist for High Holy Days services at Temple Sholom in Cincinnati from 2012-2017. Dr Stinson is also a prolific composer. He has composed seven song cycles and two one-act operas for young audiences, two operatic vignettes, and several choral works. His operas have been toured by Atlanta Opera, Opera Memphis, Chicago Opera Playhouse, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Reach Out Kansas, and Green Light Vocal Productions. His stage work, The March: A Civil Rights Opera, was featured on ABC 7 News Chicago in February of 2012. His anthem "Beloved" was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2015 Ninth Annual International Anthem Competition of First Baptist Church, Worcester, MA. In 2012, Dr Stinson was one of five composers selected from throughout North America to participate in Atlanta Opera’s “24-Hour Opera Project.” Dr Stinson is currently a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University, in Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK. His research centers around vocal health and efficiency in all styles of singing, particularly musical theatre belting. He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, NY. Dr Stinson was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received the “Bel Canto Award” at the Orpheus National Voice Competition. Dr. Stinson holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Indiana University (MM), and University of Cincinnati–College-Conservatory of Music (DMA). Several former students are currently on Broadway and on national tours.