Oklahoma City University News
Picón Sings, Directs, Teaches at 2009 Bay View Music Festival
Jeffery Picón, adjunct instructor of voice at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, was a 2009 artist-in-residence at the Bay View Music Festival on Lake Michigan.
During the eight-week summer program, Picón directed five opera scenes, taught vocal technique to young professionals and performed two concerts a week. “We did a Gilbert and Sullivan evening, opera night, vocal chamber music, sacred music, Broadway, and music from the movies.”
Earlier this year, Picón toured as tenor soloist in the “Bernstein on Broadway” program. ??In 2008, he performed the role with the Cleveland Orchestra and with the Long Island Philharmonic. The event is endorsed and narrated by Jamie Bernstein, eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein.
Picón regularly performs a diverse repertoire as a concert and opera singer. Highlights of recent seasons include Almaviva in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with the Opera Company of North Carolina; Ramiro in “La cenerentola” and Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni” with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Paolino in “Il matrimonio segreto” with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; “Trouble in Tahiti” with the Caramoor Festival; and Fenton in “Falstaff” with Mississippi Opera.
In addition, he appeared in Wallace Shawn’s “The Music Teacher” at the Minetta Lane Theater in New York, and as Tony in “West Side Story” with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival; and his Arizona Opera debut as Ali in “Zemire et Azor.”
Picón began his professional career as one of the youngest members of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, performing in “Così fan tutte” and “Don Giovanni.” Other engagements have included “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” “L’Orfeo,” and “Arianna” with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni” with Dallas Opera; and roles in “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with Portland Opera Repertory Theatre; “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Wolf Trap Opera; “Les contes d’Hoffmann” with the Opera Company of Philadelphia; “The Rape of Lucretia” for Opera Festival of New Jersey; “Il barbiere di Siviglia” for Anchorage Opera; Falstaff and Salomé with Pittsburgh Opera; and the national touring production of “Don Giovanni” with Western Opera Theatre.
On the recital stage, Picón made his Schwabacher Debut Recital in “Latin Lovers: Music from South America and Cuba” presented by the San Francisco Opera with pianist Steven Blier. Recent concert appearances include “Teatro Espanoles” and “Songs of War and Peace” with New York Festival of Song, Janacek’s “From the House of the Dead” with the American Symphony Orchestra; Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes” with Moab Music Festival, Ned Rorem’s “Evidence of Things Not Seen” with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and his solo recital debut in Marquette, Mich.
He has appeared with the Performing Arts Society in Washington, D.C., Wolf Trap Opera and Weill Recital Hall. ??Picón performed the role of Mike on the recording of William Bolcom’s “A View from the Bridge,” which marked his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago. His broadcast debut was in 2003 in the PBS production of “Fiesta at the Philharmonic” with the Naples Philharmonic, led by Erich Kunzel. He is a student of Arthur Levy, and a graduate of The University of North Texas and The Curtis Institute of Music.