Baritone John Viscardi, a New York native and recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), is a rising talent notably acknowledged for his diversity of operatic repertoire.
In the 2014/15 Season, Mr. Viscardi will be making his Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Valentin in Faust under the baton of Steven Mercurio. Following his debut Mr. Viscardi will perform Robert in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with the Russian Opera Workshop and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte in Bloomington, Indiana with BVSOW.
With a recent transition to Lyric Baritone, Mr. Viscardi has bolstered his repertoire to include Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Billy Budd in Billy Budd, Valentin in Faust, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Yeletsky in Pique Dame.
In the 2013/14 Season Mr. Viscardi returned to Opera Philadelphia as Torero in Ainadamar and Abdallo in Nabucco, and made his debuts with the Shreveport and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. He was a featured soloist in “Eve and Friends” with Maestro Eve Queler at Alice Tully Hall. The summer of 2013, Mr. Viscardi joined Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist and went on to garner the Anna Case McKay Memorial Award.
Previous seasons have showcased Mr. Viscardi in Babes in Toyland as the Toy Soldier in his Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall, as Prunier in La Rondine with Des Moines Metro Opera, The Dancing Master and Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Opera Naples. A frequent concert performer, John has made multiple appearances with the Ocean City Pops and The Hudson River Performing Arts Association. At AVA, Mr. Viscardi debuted as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, and went on to perform many roles including Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Juan in Don Quichotte, Schlémihl in Les Contes d’Hoffman, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Mr. Viscardi has also seen great success in the American Competition circuit. Awards include: 4th place in the 2014 Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition, Audience Favorite in the 2014 Annapolis Opera’s Vocal Competition, the 2012 Bertha Koempel Award from the Liederkranz Foundation, a 2012 George London Foundation encouragement award, the Lys Symonette Award from the 2011 Kurt Weill Foundation- Lotte Lenya Competition, 2nd Place Prize in the 2011 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, 1st place in the 2010 Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition, and 3rd place in the 2010 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.