Jack Swanson is an artist who knows his way around horses and painting Western scenery, as well as being an advocate for ranchers fighting the government for land rights.
Minnesota native and young tenor Alex Hafner boasts an exceptional high lyric voice, making his operatic debuts at Glyndebourne and Los Angeles Opera as Conte Almaviva in The Barber of Seville; Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore; and Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
Early Life and Education
Swanson is a former Marine Corps Officer Candidate currently studying Political and Economic Sociology at Cambridge University. His interests lie within politics, law, military service and public service – each area that he holds dear.
Swanson has performed in concerts such as Handel’s Messiah and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, winning multiple competitions such as Florida Grand Opera Young Patroness Competition and San Antonio Music Club Competition.
Jack and Colleen lived on a farm near Milaca. Together they raised cows, horses, and vegetables on their small plot of land. Mike is a veterinarian; Jack worked away as a truck driver/road construction worker – both loved living on their farm together; sharing an affinity for horses as well as an unwavering determination to make the most out of life’s opportunities.
Jack Swanson hails from Stillwater, Minnesota and currently studies Vocal Performance at Rice University. Additionally, he participated in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program and performed as both Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore.
Swanson has won multiple competitions, such as Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness Competition, San Antonio Music Club Competition, National Association of Opera Students competition and also won a Richard Tucker Music Foundation Scholarship award.
Last season he made his European debuts at both the Teatro Regio in Torino as Almaviva from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Ferrando from Cosi Fan Tutte. Additionally he performed a concert of Mozart, Bel Canto, and Romantic Italian songs in Beirut Lebanon.
Achievement and Honors
Jack Swanson has earned numerous acclaims for his musical excellence. He won first place at Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patroness competition, San Antonio Music Club competition, and National Opera Association competition – winning first place twice! Additionally he received the Richard Tucker Career Grant.
Swanson currently holds a 4.6 grade point average and was awarded with the Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete award, along with Barron Collier basketball player Kelsey Assarian. On track for graduation within two years.
Swanson maintains his academic success while remaining busy with football practices and games. At halftime of Iowa game versus Notre Dame he received a bronze medal to honor those on Big Ten All Academic team. Off season he helps manage Operatunity Theater of Stillwater alongside Megan Wagner his wife.
Jack Swanson’s paintings ooze an uncanny realism derived from his long experience riding and training horses, both wild and domesticated alike. He broke wild horses in Tehachapi Mountains before working with top buckaroos from Oregon’s cow country.
He took acting classes during high school but his lax approach to coursework prevented him from enrolling at one of the major academies for acting.
This season he makes his Minnesota Opera debut as Almaviva in Paola Prestini’s Edward Tulane; Los Angeles Opera debut as the title role in Candide; Santa Fe Opera return as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri and Count Belfiore in La finta giardiniera respectively; in concert he performs Handel Messiah and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ/Carmina Burana by Handel/Dubois/Schrammer/Schrammer/Fine Linearly
Swanson has made headlines for his earnings through various sources. He earns more than $300,000.00 each year through YouTube AdSense revenue, brand deals, affiliate commissions and personal appearances.
By the mid 1920s, Swanson began to feel discontented with her contract at Famous Players-Lasky. Being forced to produce four or six films per year could become exhausting; studios seemed more interested in Swanson’s costumes than her acting or story lines.
Swanson is well known for her singing talents. She has performed roles such as Almaviva in a new production of Il Barberre di Siviglia and Count Belfiore from Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, while serving two years at Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice singer and giving solo recitals.