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The Juno Award winning Tenor, John Tessier, has garnered international attention and praise for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and artistic versatility, and for his handsome, youthful presence in the lyric tenor repertoire. He has worked with many of the most notable musicians of our day including Plácido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Emmanuel Haim, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Bryn Terfel, Sir Thomas Allen, Thomas Hampson, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, Bobby McFerrin, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Carlos Alvarez and Bernard Labadie.  Appearances of the recent past and near future include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Equally comfortable in the genres of opera, oratorio and recital, Mr. Tessier is also an award-winning professor at the University of Alberta and is in high demand for coaching, master classes, and private consultations. His discography includes recordings on the Decca, Naxos, Telarc, BIS, Challenge Records and Dorian labels.

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JOHN TESSIER, Tenor

On the international stages of opera, concert, and recital, Canadian John Tessier garners praise and attention for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and creative versatility, and for his handsome presence in the lyric tenor repertoire. 

In the 2019-20 season, John Tessier’s prominence as a distinguished concert artist is spotlighted in numerous international performances.  He appears with Duaine Wolf and the Colorado Symphony, Krzysztof Urbański and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and with Rune Bergmann and the Calgary Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, with Leslie Dala and the Vancouver Bach Choir in Handel’s Messiah, and with Jun Märkl and the Dallas Symphony in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette.  The role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus brings John Tessier to the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan for a production staged by Metropolitan Opera director, David Kneuss and conducted by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa.

Highlights of past opera seasons include productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La fille du Régiment, and I Puritani at the Wiener Staatsoper, Cherubini’s Médée at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées conducted by Christophe Rousset in a new production by Krzysztof Warlikowski, both Les pêcheurs de perles and Maria Stuarda led by Carlo Montanaro at Seattle Opera, a new Jonathan Miller production of The Elixir of Love at English National Opera and the New York City Opera, and a role debut as Massenet’s Werther in a new production for Manitoba Opera.  John Tessier gave the world première of Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe at the Netherlands Opera, and has sung Der fliegende Holländer under the baton of Jeffrey Tate at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Don Giovanni for a South American debut at the Teatro Colón conducted by John Neschling.   He also has bowed in The Merry Widow at Vancouver Opera and in Rossini’s comic masterpiece Le Comte Ory with Edmonton Opera. 

On the concert stage, the tenor has been heard in performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Iván Fischer and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, Mozart’s Requiem with Hervé Niquet leading the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah both with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony, and Carmina Burana with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony.  Other concert appearances feature Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War with Bernard Labadie and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Berlioz’ Te Deum under the direction of Charles Dutoit at the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée on tour in Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Milan.

John Tessier’s vibrant discography includes Mozart’s Requiem both with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, John Corigliano’s A Dylan Thomas Trilogy with Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony, Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Haydn’s The Creation with Jane Glover leading Music of the Baroque.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of past opera seasons include productions of Il barbiere di Sivigliaand Bellini’s I Puritani at the Wiener Staatsoper, Cherubini’s Médéeat theThéâtre des Champs-Élysées conducted by Christophe Rousset in a new production by Krzysztof Warlikowski, both Les pêcheurs de perlesand Maria Stuardaled by Carlo Montanaro at Seattle Opera, a new Jonathan Miller production of The Elixir of Loveat English National Opera and the New York City Opera, anda role debut as Massenet’s Wertherin a new production for Manitoba Opera. John Tessier gave the world première of Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroeat the Netherlands Opera, and has sung Derfliegende Holländerunder the baton of Jeffrey Tate at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Don Giovannifor a South American debut at the Teatro Colón conducted by John Neschling. 

Symphonic engagements include Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passionwith Iván Fischer and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faustwith the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, Mendelssohn’s Elijahboth with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony,and Carmina Buranawith Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony.  Other concert appearances feature Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bernstein’s A Quiet Placewith Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of Warwith Bernard Labadie and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Berlioz’ Te Deum under the direction of Charles Dutoit at the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He has sung Handel’s Messiahwith the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée on tour in Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Milan and has recorded Mozart’s Requiem both with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy.