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Opera Magazine wrote of American singer John Packard that his is “a seamless voice, with character and gleaming upper register.” As a baritone, John Packard garnered international prominence and performed leading roles in opera houses from San Francisco to Venice to Tel Aviv and has worked with as many prominent directors. Ever the artist and seeker, John transitioned to tenor and is now making a name for himself singing Heldentenor repertoire. 

John created the role of Joseph deRocher for San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Jake Heggie’s highly acclaimed Dead Man Walking. John has performed the role more than 50 times in Europe and the USA, and is featured in a live recording on Erato Disques. John debuted Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Hawaii Opera Theater in 2006, and has since performed the role for Shreveport Opera and Teatro Lirico d’Europa, and with Nickel City Opera in June 2010.

John has performed Rossini’s Barber of Seville more than 50 times, most recently with Buffalo’s Nickel City Opera (“John Packard is the best Figaro I have ever seen, his singing is lusty, on the mark, and marvelously expressive. He even accompanies himself on the guitar.”  The Buffalo News).

Of his performance as Billy in Billy Budd, The Kansas City Star reviewer wrote “everything about this 50th anniversary production sparkled, especially John Packard.”

Among the outstanding directors John has had the good fortune to work with are as follows: David Alden (Faust), Leonard Foglia (Dead Man Walking, The End of the Affair), Joe Mantello (Dead Man Walking), Paolo Micciche (Madama Butterfly) and Franco Zeffirelli (La Boheme), Stefano Vizioli (Madama Butterfly, La Fenice) and Nikolaus Lehnhoff (Dead Man Walking, Theater an der Wien).

John is the recipient of a Robert Jacobson grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and has been a winner of the Puccini, Loren Zachary, MacAllister and Liederkranz competitions.

Mr. Packard’s wide range of roles demonstrate his versatility, artistry and fervor. They include:

Während seiner zwanzigjährigen Karriere als Bariton schaffte es der US-amerikanische Sänger John Packard, sich fest auf den internationalen Opernbühnen zu etablieren. Seit 2011 entwickelt er sein Heldentenor-Repertoire und feierte bereits als Tristan sein orchestrales Bühnendebut. Bekannt wurde Packard besonders durch die gefeierte Weltpremiere von Jake Heggies Dead Man Walking an der San Francisco Opera, in der er die Rolle des Joseph De Rocher entwickelte. Er hat die Rolle mehr als 60 mal an Theatern in 14 Städten auf der ganzen Welt aufgeführt. Hierzu zählen u.a. das Theater an der Wien, die Dresdner Semperoper und die New York City Opera.

John Packard besetzte die folgende Rollen als Bariton:

Billy (Billy Budd, der Lyric Opera of Kansas City); sowohl Brooke und Bhaer (Little Women, Santa Cruz, der Opera Pacific, NYC Opera Japan-Tournee); Braxton (Die Minen von Schwefel, Wexford Festival); Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte, Opera Pacific); Emile de Becque (South Pacific, Fresno Grand Opera); Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor, Kentucky Opera); Figaro (Der Barbier von Sevilla, NYC Opera National Tour, Opera Pacific, Nickel City Opera); George (Von Mäusen und Menschen, Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Germont (La Traviata, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Theater Erfurt {de}); Henri (Le Roi Malgre Lui, American Symphony Orchestra, New York City); John Proctor (The Crucible, Mobil Opera); Klinghoffer (The Death of Klinghoffer); Marcello (La Boheme, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New York City Opera, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, New York City Opera National Tour); Oreste (Elektra, Long Beach Opera); Sharpless (Madama Butterfly, Baltimore Lyric Opera; Dallas Opera, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Opera Company of Philadelphia); Silvio (I Pagliacci, Nashville Opera); Sweeney (Sweeney Todd, Teatro Communale di Bologna, Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Teatro Rossini di Lugo, Teatro Communale di Modena); Valentin (Faust, Wiener Volksoper, und Der Gouveneur in Henzes Wir erreichen Den Fluss in der Dresdner Semperoper.

John hatte das Glück, mit Regisseuren wie David Alden (Faust), Leonard Foglia (Dead Man Walking), Joe Mantello (Dead Man Walking), Paolo Micciche (Madama Butterfly) und Franco Zeffirelli (La Boheme) zu arbeiten. John ist der Empfänger eines Robert Jacobson Stipendiums der Richard Tucker-Stiftung und wurde zum Gewinner der Puccini, MacAllister und Liederkranz-Wettbewerbe. Er studierte Opernaufführung an der Akademie of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia und hat Rollen mit Sherrill Milnes, Hermann Prey, und Robert Merrill trainiert.