John Relyea Bass

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John Relyea has made guest appearances at many of the great international opera houses, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera (where he performed in the context of the Merola Opera Programme and the Adler Fellowship), the Chicago Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Theater an der Wien, and Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre. He has performed the lead roles in Attila, Don Quixote, Aleko and Le nozze di Figaro, and appeared as Zaccaria (Nabucco), Bertram (Robert le Diable), Pagano (I Lombardi) Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Colline (La Bohème), Don Alfonso (Lucrezia Borgia), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Giorgio (I Puritani), Enrico (Anna Bolena), Banco (Macbeth), Garibaldo (Rodelinda), Mephistopheles (Faust and La Damnation de Faust), the four demons (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Escamillo (Carmen), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Caspar (Der Freischütz), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia) the Water Goblin (Rusalka), and King René (Iolanta). John Relyea has performed in concert with some of the great symphonic ensembles (the Philharmonia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra….). He also sings in recital (London’s Wigmore Hall). He has made numerous recordings, including Verdi’s Requiem (LSO Live), Idomeneo and La clemenza di Tito with Charles Mackerras (EMI), and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle (EMI). He also appears on the DVDs of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Don Giovanni, I Puritani, Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Deutsche Grammophon), Macbeth and Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series). More recently, he sang the roles of Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle) at the Paris Opera, Claggart (Billy Budd) and Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) at the Rome Opera, Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the title role in Mefistofele at the Lyon Opera, and Marcel (Les Huguenots) at the Dresden Semperoper.

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