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).

2021/22 season includes,  the Pilot in The Opposable Thumb with American Lyric Theatre, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande with Opera Southwest and concert with The Princeton Festival, Opera Delaware and The White Church Music Series.  Mr. Viscardi is an Artist Fellow with the Philadelphia Center of Psychoanalysis, where he is exploring new ways to integrate psychoanalytic concepts into performance. 

In October 2022, Mr. Viscardi will make his debut in Puccini’s Tosca as Cavaradossi with Opera Carolina. This summer sees Mr. Viscardi in masterclass and concert in the United States and Italy. 

Pior to his transition in 2020 to lyric tenor, Mr. Viscardi’s baritone 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, Gulgielmo in Cosí fan tutte at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Valentin in Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre, and Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Toledo Opera. 

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.