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John Tessier

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Biography

A busy 2010-11 season sees John Tessier as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for his South American debut at the Teatro Colón with conductor John Neschling, as Narraboth in a concert presentation of Salome at the Verbier Festival conducted Valery Gergiev, and as Count Almaviva in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at Grand Théâtre de Genève under the baton of Alberto Zedda.In North America, John Tessier joins the Minnesota Opera as Don Ramiro in La cenerentola, debuts at Seattle Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and assays the title role of La clemenza di Tito at Vancouver Opera.His demanding concert schedule includes performances of Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ under Serge Baudo with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Carmina Burana with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in a return engagement with Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst.

During the 2009-10 season, John Tessier’s operatic diary included Die Zauberflöte with Opera Lyra Ottawa under Pinchas Zukerman and at L’Opéra de Montréal, Nemorino in a new Jonathan Miller production of The Elixir of Love at English National Opera, and Laërte in Hamlet – sharing the stage with Elizabeth Futral and Samuel Ramey - in a return engagement at Washington National Opera conducted by Plácido Domingo.The artist’s concert schedule brought him to the Philadelphia Orchestra for Berlioz’ Te Deum under the direction of Charles Dutoit and to Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Milan on a tour presentation of Handel’s Messiah with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée.

On the opera stage John Tessier has sung Don Giovanni for his debut at the Washington National Opera, Der fliegende Holländer at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Marc Albrecht, Il viaggio a Reims at Oper Frankfurt, I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Glimmerglass Opera, and The Barber of Seville for English National Opera, New York City Opera, Edmonton Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, L’Opéra de Québec, and in a new Leon Major production at Glimmerglass Opera.He has bowed in L’elisir d’amore at the New York City Opera, Lakmé for the operas of Calgary and Edmonton, La Cenerentola at Glimmerglass Opera, Così fan tutte at Vancouver Opera and in a new production by Tim Albery at Glimmerglass Opera, Don Pasquale with Opera Lyra Ottawa and Arizona Opera, The Merry Widow with L’Opéra de Montréal, L’Italiana in Algeri, Dialogues des Carmélites, Don Giovanni, and La fille du Régiment at Vancouver Opera, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, and Acis and Galatea at New York City Opera, Il Re Pastore at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Die Zauberflöte with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Edmonton Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail with L’Opéra de Québec, Little Women with Minnesota Opera, and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino and Handel’s Imeneo at Glimmerglass Opera.

Symphonic performances of the recent past have included John Corigliano’s A Dylan Thomas Trilogy with Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony (recorded and commercially available on Naxos), Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra (recorded and commercially available on BIS Records), Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ under the baton of John Nelson in Spain, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Itzhak Perlman and the Russian National Orchestra at Festival of the Arts Boca, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War with Bernard Labadie and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Mozart’s Mass in C with Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, and Haydn’s The Creation with Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and with John Nelson and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.He has given performances of Messiah with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana and Szymanowski’s Third Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (recorded and commercially available on Telarc), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Nicholas McGegan and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.