Baritone and Stage Director JON TRUITT has established a national presence as a stage director and operatic baritone in the United States, having recently directed professional productions of Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, South Pacific, Madama Butterfly,La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, theMerry Widow, Le nozze di Figaro, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, and Die Zauberflöte. His professional production of Die Zauberflöte was featured in Opera America magazine and his award-winning script translation has been remounted multiple times around the country. Jon Truitt also appears regularly with professional opera companies across the United States, including the New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Illinois, the Crested Butte Music Festival, Jacksonville Opera, Soo Opera Theatre, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He has appeared as Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Barber of Seville, Marcello in La Boheme, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Ford in Falstaff, and more than forty other roles in the baritone repertoire. On the concert stage, he has sung with many regional symphonies and in numerous public solo recitals. Jon Truitt additionally serves as the Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Music at Ball State University. Recently, his work as an opera educator was recognized with a 2013 Evansville Mayor’s Arts Award for Ensemble of the Year. He also co-directs an opera young artist program each summer with his wife, soprano Elizabeth Truitt, for Asheville Lyric Opera in North Carolina and was the founder of the Crested Butte Opera Young Artist Program. He is a two-time apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist, and a NATSAA Indiana State Winner.