John Bellemer, tenor
With a voice the New York Times calls “clarion-toned,” American tenor John Bellemer has gained a reputation for his strong portrayals and continues to appear in leading roles at opera houses across North America and Europe. He is featured in the Academy Award-winning film Lincoln as Gounod’s Faust. Upcoming performances in the 2018–19 season include Soloist in Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer, presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation at New York’s Zankel Hall.His recent engagements include the Duke in Rigoletto with Michigan Opera Theatre, Verdi’s Requiem for his return to the Berkshire Choral Festival, returns to Austin Opera as Der Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and the Pacific Symphony as soloist in Messiah, as well as his debut with North Carolina Opera as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles.
Other recent engagements include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hawaii Opera Theatre), Sandy/Officer One in Davies’ The Lighthouse and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Boston Lyric Opera), Gabriele in Foroni’s Cristina, regina di Svezia and Sali in Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Festival Opera), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Britten’s Spring Symphony (Berkshire Choral Festival), Toni in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers (Teatro La Fenice), Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Alfredo in La traviata (Florida Grand Opera), Nebuchadnezzar in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace, and Herold in Grassl’s Harisliz – Die Fahnenflucht Tassilos (Festival Mattseer Diabelli Sommer); and works by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center).