John Viscardi

Baritone

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.

Nov
2017

Nov-04
to
Nov-09
Cyrano
Cyrano
Opera Carolina
Charlotte, NC
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…audience loved him…
Cyrano “John Viscardi (baritone) brought both swagger and depth of feeling to the role of Cyrano. He sang with the panache the part demanded and the audience loved him, and wanted Roxane to love him, too.” Charlotte Observer
…powerful, nuanced, and absolutely riveting…
Eugene Onegin “Yet Mr. Viscardi, delivering the finest acting of the evening, helped me to forget the triteness of the plot with his sensitive portrayal. His singing, in Act II especially, was powerful, nuanced, and absolutely riveting.  …this was the first time I actually cared enough for the character to be upset by it.”LocalArtsLive
…persuasive performance…
Faust“The young, good-looking American baritone John Viscardi is one of the few in the cast who has a genuine French style to his singing, calling to mind such elegant Gallic baritones as Robert Massard and Ernest Blanc.  Valentin may not be a huge role, but it’s a pivotal one, and Viscardi turned in a persuasive performance.”The Detroit News
…relaxed into the piece earlier than the others…
Pelléas et Mellisande “As his half-brother Pélleas, John Viscardi relaxed into the piece earlier than the others, and embodied a kind of acting that wasn’t about projecting his character’s events as much as living them.”Philadelphia Inquirer
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).

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