Jon Maskell, a resonant baritone with robust vocal capabilities, has distinguished himself as an integral fixture in the Australian Opera scene, particularly since aligning with the esteemed Underground Opera Company starting in 2015. As a Toowoomba resident and refined product of academic rigor, Jon attained a Graduate Diploma of Music Studies from the renowned Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium and honed his craft with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Southern Queensland.
Amidst his academic endeavors, Jon's considerable talent was recognized with the Joyce Campbell-Lloyd Overseas Scholarship. This accolade provided him the prestigious opportunity to further cultivate his baritone artistry in London under the tutelage of Robert Dean at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama—a testament to his vocal excellence and dedication to Opera.
A veteran performer with Opera Queensland beginning in the year 2010, Jon Maskell's expansive range and strong stage presence have been prominently showcased. He has triumphed in principal roles such as Maximilian in 'Candide', Kromov in 'The Merry Widow', the 2nd Fisherman in 'Peter Grimes', 2nd Priest in 'St Matthew Passion', and the character of Bogdonovitch in the lauded performance of 'The Merry Widow' at the historically rich Jimbour House.
Furthermore, Jon has demonstrated his adaptability within the genre by understudying for impactful roles, including Angelotti in 'Tosca', various characters in 'La Traviata', and roles in the emotionally charged 'Madama Butterfly'. In a recent year, he notably portrayed Ben in the Brisbane Music Festival's production of 'The Telephone', receiving acclaim for his magnetic performance.
Beyond the operatic stage, Jon Maskell has shone brightly as a bass soloist, delivering compelling renditions of revered works like Handel's 'Messiah', 'Alexander's Feast', 'Judas Maccabeus', Bach's 'St John Passion', Dvorak's 'Stabat Mater', Bernstein's 'Chichester Psalms', and Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols'. These concert stage performances have seen him collaborate with prestigious musical collectives, including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane City Pops Orchestra, Toowoomba Philharmonic Choir, Brisbane Concert Choir, and the USQ Singers, amongst others.
Jon's incredible contributions to the operatic and classical music world deeply resonate with audiences and his peers alike. As a shining example of the talent emerging from the Australian cultural landscape, Jon Maskell is undeniably a name to watch in the realm of Opera, where he continues to draw applause for his dramatic interpretations and profound vocal delivery.