Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Music Performance (Voice)
Jon Truitt, director of opera and associate professor of voice at Ball State University, is known as an operatic stage director across the United States, having recently directed professional productions including Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, The Merry Widow, Le nozze di Figaro, Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, and Die Zauberflöte. His recent professional original production of Die Zauberflöte was featured in Opera America magazine and was re-mounted in South Dakota with international star Samuel Ramey in the role of Sarastro.
As an operatic baritone, Dr. Truitt appears regularly with opera companies across the United States including New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Muddy River Opera Company, Soo Opera Theatre, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Illinois, the Crested Butte Music Festival, Jacksonville Opera, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He has appeared as Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Barber of Seville, Marcello in La Bohème, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, 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 the Evansville, Jacksonville, Acadiana, Waco, Florimezzo, Baylor, and Louisiana State University symphonies. He is a two-time apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist, and has been heard many times on public radio.
Dr. Truitt currently co-directs the Summer Young Artist Program at Asheville Lyric Opera with his wife, soprano Elizabeth Truitt. He is the founder of the Crested Butte Music Festival's Opera Young Artist Program and has also worked with young artists at St. Petersburg Opera's Emerging Artist Program and in Sault-Saint Marie, Michigan. Dr. Truitt holds a DMA in vocal performance from Louisiana State University and vocal performance degrees (BM and MM) from Baylor University.