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Stillwater singer who’s not standing still

Minnesotan Jack Swanson sings the title role in the Minnesota Opera production of “Edward Tulane” based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo. Unlike the rabbit in this shot Edward Tulane is a ceramic rabbit who is forced on an epic journey as he looks for his lost first love.Photo by Darrin Kamnetz

January 27, 2023

Jack Swanson started life in Stillwater, Minnesota, but lately, he’s been singing opera everywhere from France to Italy and Santa Fe to Houston. You may have seen him last fall starring in Minnesota Opera’s premiere of Edward Tulane. Now he’s back in Minnesota this Tuesday night for a Duluth recital at the Matinee Musicale. It’s a rare opportunity to see an emerging star singing an intimate recital.  


Of course, if you’re a YourClassical listener, you “knew him when.” Jack was a Performance Today Young Artist in Residence six years ago. He’s already a fabulous talent at 22!  

Run, don’t walk.

This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment‘s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.