[This is part of a series profiling the artists making their COC debuts in the 2011/2012 season]
“His generous throat produces great torrents of autumnal tones with apparent ease. If I were casting Hoffmann anywhere, Relyea would be my unhesitating first choice for the villains.” - Opera News
Name: John Relyea
Where he's from: Toronto, Ontario
What he's singing: The four villains (Lindorf/Coppélius/Dr. Miracle/Dapertutto in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, at the COC from April 10 to May 14
Where he's been: The four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann at Seattle Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper (upcoming); Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, and Méphistophélès in The Damnation of Faust (among other roles) at the Metropolitan Opera
Watch and Listen
John Relyea kept a foot in both the opera and rock music worlds for a while, as he explains in this video interview with News in Chicago before launching into an aria from The Damnation of Faust:
Here is is as Banquo (in a duet with Zeljko Lucic as Macbeth) in the Metropolitan Opera's 2008 production of Verdi's Macbeth.
And, of course, he generously appeared in our trailer for the 2011/2012 season:
Many more videos featuring John Relyea are listed on his Facebook page.
Photo: John Relyea. Photo © Dario Acosta.
Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (0) / permalink
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001