John Viscardi

John Viscardi

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).

While a student at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Mr. Viscardi performed such roles as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Fenton in Falstaff, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. Currently, he is studying a variety of lyric roles, among them Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

Calendar

Event Date
Mar 20
to
Mar 27
Pelleas et Melisande
Pelleas
Opera Southwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Artist Bio

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).

While a student at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Mr. Viscardi performed such roles as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Fenton in Falstaff, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. Currently, he is studying a variety of lyric roles, among them Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

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.

Former engagements have included Young Erich in New York City Opera’s production of Dear Erich, the title role in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, 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.

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.

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.

Updated 3.10.21

Press

"...brought both swagger and depth of feeling to the role..." – Charlotte Observer

Cyrano – “John Viscardi (baritone) brought both swagger and depth of feeling to the role of Cyrano. He sang with the panache the part demanded and the audience loved him, and wanted Roxane to love him, too.”

...he dominates the stage whenever he enters...” – The Toledo Blade

The Magic Flute – “Early on the spotlight is commanded by the bird/man/catcher Papageno (John Viscardi). His robust singing is outdone only by his near-maniacal acting ability. He creates such a lovable character that he dominates the stage whenever he enters.”

"...delivering the finest acting of the evening..." – LocalArtsLive

Eugene Onegin – “Yet Mr. Viscardi, delivering the finest acting of the evening, helped me to forget the triteness of the plot with his sensitive portrayal. His singing, in Act II especially, was powerful, nuanced, and absolutely riveting. …this was the first time I actually cared enough for the character to be upset by it.”

"...has a genuine French style to his singing..." – The Detroit News

Faust – “The young, good-looking American baritone John Viscardi is one of the few in the cast who has a genuine French style to his singing, calling to mind such elegant Gallic baritones as Robert Massard and Ernest Blanc. Valentin may not be a huge role, but it’s a pivotal one, and Viscardi turned in a persuasive performance.”

"...embodied a kind of acting that wasn’t about projecting his character’s events as much as living them...” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Pelléas et Mellisande – “As his half-brother Pélleas, John Viscardi relaxed into the piece earlier than the others, and embodied a kind of acting that wasn’t about projecting his character’s events as much as living them.”