Born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, Jason Howard performs regularly throughout Europe and North America. He made his English National Opera debut as Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes (a role he reprises at Paris Opera-Bastille in January) and his Royal Opera, Covent Garden, debut as Marcello in Puccini’s Bohème (a role he has sung at English National Opera, Paris Opéra-Bastille, Théâtre de Genève, Toulouse Opera, and Stuttgart Opera). His numerous roles at Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, and Opera North have included the Count in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, and the title roles of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Britten’s Billy Budd. Howard made his U.S. debut in 1992 with Seattle Opera, singing Figaro in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia. He has returned several times since then, as Don Giovanni, as Belcore in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore, as Zurga in Bizet’s Pêcheurs de perles, and as Marcello. Other U.S. engagements have included Adam Brant at Lyric Opera of Chicago, his first Macbeth in Verdi’s opera at Minnesota Opera, and, most recently, Germont in Verdi’s Traviata at New York City Opera and Minnesota Opera.