Baritone John Viscardi, New York native and graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), is a rising talent notably acknowledged for his diversity of vocal repertoire.
2015/16 season includes Vaughn Williams' Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall, Carmina Burana with Opera Philadelphia, Silvio in I Pagliacci with Opera San Louis Obispo, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Morales in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
In 2016/17, John will perform the title role in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre and return to San Louis Obispo as Marcello in La Boheme. He also and joins the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as a Resident Artist.
In the 2014/15 Season, Mr. Viscardi made a series of role debuts beginning with Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with NYOE, followed by his Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Valentin in Faust, Bumerli in The Chocolate Soldier with Concert Operetta Theatre and Robert in Iolanta with Tri-Cities Opera. Mr. Viscardi finished the 2015 season with a concert of Bel Canto works led Maestro Eve Queler.
The 2013/14 included a return to Opera Philadelphia as Torero in Ainadamar and Abdallo in Nabucco, debuts with the Shreveport and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras and a performance 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.
Mr. Viscardi has seen great success in the American Competition circuit. Awards include:
1st Place in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 2nd Place in the Zachary National Voice Competition, Santa Fe Opera's Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award, the Lys Symonette Award from the Kurt Weill Foundation- Lotte Lenya Competition, 2nd Place Prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, George London Foundation Encouragement Award, 1st place in the Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition, the Bertha Koempel Award from the Liederkranz Foundation, 4th place in the Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition, Audience Favorite in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.