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John Tessier

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John Tessier press reviews

"The prince was sung with a youthful vitality and ardour by John Tessier."

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen, September, 14, 2009

"Tessier has an international reputation as the perfect light lyric tenor. He has beautiful clarity of tone and hits seemingly effortless high notes, and over the years he has grown into a terrific actor to boot."

Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail, August 11, 2009

“John Tessier, as Don Ramiro, possesses a charming lyric tenor whose clarity of focus remained intact throughout the afternoon. Using a fluid and seamless legato to great advantage, Tessier captivated the audience as he sailed effortlessly from pitch to pitch, even up to the high Cs in his signature second-act aria, 'Si, ritrovarla io guiro'.”

David Abrams,, August 6, 2009

“The gifted lyric tenor John Tessier also managed to convey the decency of Don Ramiro in his heartfelt performance, despite the surrounding antics.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, August 4, 2009

“On the plus side, however, we have Garry Magee's Figaro and John Tessier's Almaviva. Oozing infinite charm and sly wit... Tessier, meanwhile, presents us a man who is more alive in his various disguises than as himself, and underscores the central point of Miller's hard-edged staging - that Rosina is falling for the image, not the man, and that the marital hell of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro is already beckoning beyond the final curtain.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, September 24, 2008

“More obviously auspicious is Canadian John Tessier’s British debut as Count Almaviva - his effortlessly searing high tenor is thrillingly virile, and his words are delivered with laser-cut edges.”

Edward Bhesania, The Stage, September 23, 2008

“She is matched by the Almaviva of Canadian tenor John Tessier, making an auspicious UK debut: a true Rossini tenor who can act.”

Andrew Clark, Financial Times, September 23, 2008

“The Canadian John Tessier hasn’t sung in this country before but he proves to be that rare beast, a tenor who can make Rossini’s punishing high notes sound graceful. He, too, makes English sound as musical as Italian and he’s not afraid to act.”

Nick Kimberly, Evening Standard, September 23, 2008

“Tenor John Tessier, who with his honeyed voice hits high Cs effortlessly, was a compelling Tebaldo-not the pervasive menace of Shakespeare's play, but a man who sincerely loves Giulietta, firmly placing him in the grasp of the tragedy that unfolds. Tessier's performance anticipated a terrific Romeo-Tebaldo duet, "Ella é morta, sciagurato," with both agonizing over the supposed death of Giulietta, each man pleading with the other to kill him.”

Wayne Myers, Oneida Dispatch, August 13, 2008

“Tessier is the real surprise here, performing magnificently. He is better known as an accomplished Rossini/Mozart singer, but his elegant legato and easy reach to the money notes point to a new career. Tessier has always had a beautiful clarity of tone, but the bel canto repertoire adds burnish to the colour of his voice. The result is a voice that is darker, deeper and more powerful.”

Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail, August 12, 2008

“As her handsome lover Lindoro, lyric tenor John Tessier looked the part and sang very prettily, his tone free and warm and equal from bottom to (substantial) top.”

Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2008

"She was ably matched John Tessier, surely one of the most accomplished and winning tenor di grazia around. He obviously downs bel canto ornamentation for breakfast"

J.H. Stape, Review Vancouver, January 2008

"As her handsome lover Lindoro, lyric tenor John Tessier looked the part and sang very prettily, his tone free and warm and equal from bottom to (substantial) top."

Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail, January 2008

“John Tessier's lyrical tenor made the most of even Lindoro's absurdly ornate cavatina, Languir per una bella.”

Lloyd Dykk, Vancouver Sun, January 28, 2008

“Tessier’s tone and articulation was almost bell-like — pure and accurate.”

Jonathan A. Neufeld, The Tennessean, November 30, 2007

“Showing a handsome tenor voice, John Tessier took over the role of Donna Anna's hapless fiance Ottavio.”

Daniel Ginsberg, The Washington Post, November 10, 2007

“[T]enor John Tessier effortlessly floated through the soaring lines of Obadiah's signature aria, ‘If with all your hearts.’”

Michael Cameron, The Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2007

“John Tessier’s Nemorino is particularly distinguished, his bright, open, unblemished tenor just as appealing as his boyishly wide-eyed good nature.”

Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine, October 23, 2006

“The evening's hands-down best singing and best performances in the Morrison tradition came…from John Tessier in a hair-raising rendition of Donizetti's Una Furtiva Lagrima. [He] brought the house down.”

Ken Winters, Toronto Globe & Mail, October 23, 2006

“John Tessier downplayed Nemorino's bumpkin qualities to welcome effect, and since (according to the supertitles) the love potion is not Bordeaux wine but Robitussin, we were spared the usual tiresome scenes of drunkenness. More importantly, Mr. Tessier offered an arresting, shapely account of “Una furtiva lagrima.”

George Loomis, The New York Sun, October 10, 2006

“Nemorino's role consists of the 175-year-old hit "Una furtiva lagrima" and a lot of tenorial dressing. John Tessier sang it in a clear, confident voice, shot through with an appealing vein of vulnerability. More important, he inflated the character with personality until it wobbled from one dimension into three, like a Thanksgiving parade balloon. He earned his second-act aria that way, preparing the audience for the character's moment of genuine melancholy.”