John Viscardi has moved audiences around the world with his vocal beauty and dramatic intensity, having performed with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera Carolina.

Winner of both the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and Concorso Internazionale F.P. Tosti, Mr. Viscardi has appeared in both recital and concert at venues that include Carnegie Hall (New York), Geffen Hall (New York), Tokyo Opera City (Tokyo), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia) and Avery Fisher Hall (New York).

For the 2021/22 season, John joins American Lyric Theatre as the Pilot in The Opposable Thumb, Opera Southwest as Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande and is seen in concert with The Princeton Festival and The White Church Music Series. John is also a 2021/22 Artist Fellow with the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis, where he will explore new ways to creatively integrate psychoanalytic concepts into artistry and performance. 

While a student at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Mr. Viscardi was assessed as a Leggiero Tenor, performing such roles as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Fenton in Falstaff, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. After a few years performing this repertoire, he realized that his voice possessed a lower range, and Mr. Viscardi moved into the baritone repertoire, where his portrayals included the title roles in David DiChiera’s Cyrano at Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Carolina, Erich in Dear Erich at the New York City Opera, and a forthcoming Pelléas in Pelléas and Mélisande at Opera Southwest. In addition, he has sung Valentin in Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre, and Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Toledo Opera. It was his work as a high baritone in these roles that enabled him to free the upper part of his voice, and he is now a Lyric Tenor, studying a variety of roles, among them Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

Mr. Viscardi’s performances with orchestra and in recital includes Carmina Burana with Opera Philadelphia, the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs (the latter three in Carnegie Hall), Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, and a recital of Tosti songs in Tokyo.

John Viscardi – Tenor – Photo by Arielle Doneson

“…one of the few in the cast who has a genuine French style to his singing…Viscardi turned in a persuasive performance.”

Fueled by a desire to make a global impact through the power of music, Mr. Viscardi is co-founder of ArtSmart, a national arts mentoring organization that empowers students in underserved communities to find their voice through mentorship with paid professional artists. Find out more about ArtSmart.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, Mr. Viscardi embarked on an ambitious recording project of eight music videos set to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Songs of Travel. The series, which Mr. Viscardi has recorded, filmed, and edited himself, is inspired by his love of nature, and is designed to create a vocal and visual experience for the audience.

A multi-faceted artist, Mr. Viscardi is also the creator of Heartbridge, an app that explores the dimensions of sight, sound, and touch, and how they coalesce within Livestreamed performances. The app uses the vibrating motor in a cellphone to make it vibrate in time with the artists’ heartbeat so that the audience can feel what the artist is experiencing. At present, Mr. Viscardi is working with various opera companies, producers, and artists, to include the app as a part of their performances and productions.

Mr. Viscardi is featured in collaboration with Glenn Morton on Brilliant Classics’ complete recording of the works of F.P. Tosti – available on Spotify and Apple Music. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Molly and two children, Jack and Noa. Mr. Viscardi is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and New York University.