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.
2016/17 season sees John as a resident artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The season also includes the title role in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, a return to San Louis Obispo as Marcello in La Boheme, Soloist in 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 2017/18 season includes the title role in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, Athos in The Three Musketeers with The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and recitals in Trevi and Ortona, Italy.
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