Hailed by critics for his “powerful, nuanced, and absolutely riveting” singing, New York native John Viscardi is a rising baritone notably acknowledged for his diversity of vocal repertoire. This season, Mr. Viscardi will perform the title role in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, sing the baritone solo in the Duruflé Requiem and the Faure Requiem at Carnegie Hall, perform Athos in Les Trois Mousquetaires with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, sing Carmina Burana at Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, performs the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Bar Harbor Music Festival, recitals in Trevi and Ortona, Itlay and will release an album of Love Songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti with pianist Glenn Morton, produced by Brilliant Classics.
Last season, Mr. Viscardi performed the title role in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, Marcello in La Bohéme at Opera San louis Obispo, starred in the Juliet Letters and was featured as the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking both with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, a concert in Tokyo, Japan and won first place in the Concorso Internazionale F.P. Tosti.
In recent seasons, John Viscardi performed Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall, sung Carmina Burana with Opera Philadelphia, Silvio in il Pagliacci with Opera San louis Obispo, performed Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Morales in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Other past engagements include a series of role débuts beginning with Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Nyoe, his Michigan opera Theatre début as Valentin in Faust, Bulmerli in The Chocolate Soldier with Concert Operetta Theatre and Robert in Iolanta with Tri-Cities Opera.
Mr. Viscardi has also had experience in the American Competition Circuit. Awards including first place in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Santa Fe Opera’s Anna Case MacKay memorial Award, The Lys Symonette Award Form from the Kurt Weill Foundation-Lotte Lenya Competition, George London Foundation Encouragement Award, 1st place in the Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition, 2nd place prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, the Bertha Koempel Award from the Liederkranz Foundation, 4th place in the Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition, and Audience Favorite in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. John Viscardi is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA).