John Viscardi has dedicated his career to a diverse but deeply connected set of objectives: using music to strengthen communities and our understanding of the human condition, empowering individuals to harness their creativity in the pursuit of success, and championing the voice as one of our the most powerful tools for self-expression.
Hailed by critics for his “powerful, nuanced, and absolutely riveting” singing, John is notably acknowledged for his dramatic capability and diversity of vocal repertoire. This season, Mr. Viscardi performs the role of Papageno in The Magic Flute with Toledo Opera and Opera Grand Rapids. Additionally, he performs Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Chou en Lai in Nixon In China with the Princeton Festival. In concert, John makes his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Vaugh Williams’ Fantasia, returns to Carnegie Hall as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem, as well as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with Lancaster Symphony. In the winter of 2019, John will appear on an album of love songs by Francesco Paolo Tosti with pianist Glenn Morton, produced by Brilliant Classics.
In past seasons, he has performed the title role in Cyrano with Opera Carolina and Michigan Opera Theatre; Erich in Dear Erich with New York City Opera; as the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and the Duruflé Requiem, both at Carnegie Hall; and toured in recital throughout Italy. For a complete list of past performance, see the Engagements page.
As co-founder of ArtSmart, John built an organization and framework that empowers middle school and high school students to accomplish their goals through music. Founded three years ago with friend and colleague, Michael Fabiano, ArtSmart provides musical mentorship in four cities throughout the country: San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York and Newark. This year, close to 10,000 private voice lessons will take place in eleven schools throughout these four cities.
John lives in Philadelphia with his wife Molly and two children, Jack and Noa. He is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and New York University.