Baritone John Viscardi, New York native and graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), is a rising talent notably acknowledged for his diversity of vocal repertoire.
In the Fall of 2017, John will release an album of love songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti with pianist Glenn Morton, produced by Brilliant Classics. His 2017/18 season also includes the title role in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, the Duruflé Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Athos in Les Trois Mousquetaires with The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Carmina Burana at Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Bar Harbor Music Festival and recitals in Trevi and Ortona, Italy.
In 2016/17 John won first place in the Concorso internazionale F.P. Tosti, performed the title role in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, Marcello in La Bohème at Opera San Louis Obispo, the Juliet Letters and the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking both with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and a concert in Tokyo, Japan.
The 2015/16 season saw Mr. Viscardi perform Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall, Carmina Burana with Opera Philadelphia, Silvio in Il Pagliacci with Opera San Louis Obispo, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Morales in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
In the 2014/15 Season, Mr. Viscardi made a series of role debuts beginning with Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with NYOE, followed by his Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Valentin in Faust, Bumerli in The Chocolate Soldier with Concert Operetta Theatre and Robert in Iolanta with Tri-Cities Opera. Mr. Viscardi finished the 2015 season with a concert of Bel Canto works led Maestro Eve Queler.
Mr. Viscardi has seen great success in the American Competition circuit. Notable awards include:
- 1st Place in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition
- 1st Place in the Concorso Internazionale F.P. Tosti
- 1st Place in the Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition
- 2nd Place in the Zachary National Voice Competition
- 2nd Place in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition
- 4th place in the Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition
- Santa Fe Opera's Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award
- The Lys Symonette Award from the Kurt Weill Foundation- Lotte Lenya Competition
- The Bertha Koempel Award from the Liederkranz Foundation