John Packard American baritone

John Packard American baritone

American baritone John Packard has garnered international prominence on the opera stage. John created the role of Joseph deRocher for San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of Jake Heggie’s acclaimed Dead Man Walking (“a voice of ferocious power and insistence” – San Francisco Chronicle;  “a deeply and powerfully affecting characterization”, The New York Times). John has performed the role more than 50 times in Europe and the USA, and can be heard in a live recording on Erato Disques.

John Packard American baritone

John debuted Verdi’s Rigoletto (“…. a superb Verdi Baritone in John Packard –  a seamless voice, with character and a gleaming upper register”, Opera Magazine) 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 Starstated “… everything about this 50th anniversary production sparkled, especially John Packard .”

Mr. Packard has performed a variety of roles that must be termed ‘eclectic’, including:

Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro, Vancouver Opera); Billy (Billy Budd, Lyric Opera of Kansas City); both Brookeand Bhaer (Little Women, Santa Cruz, Opera Pacific, NYC Opera’s tour of Japan); Braxton (The Mines of Sulphur, Wexford Festival); Dandini (La Cenerentola, Columbus Opera);Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte, Opera Pacific); Eisenstein  (Die Fledermaus, Calgary Opera); Emil de Becque (South Pacific, Fresno Grand Opera);Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor, Kentucky Opera); Falke (Die Fledermaus, Madison Opera); Figaro (Barber of Seville, NYC Opera National Tour, Opera Pacific, Nickel City Opera); George (Of Mice and Men; 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);  Henry (End of the Affair, Madison Opera); John Proctor (The Crucible, Mobile 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) and Der Gouvenor (Wir erreichen den Fluss, Semperoper.

John’s had the good fortune to work with Directors such as David Alden (Faust), Leonard Foglia  (Dead Man Walking), 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.

Klinghoffer – The Death of KlinghofferADAMO
Friedrich Bhaer – Little WomenBERG
Wozzeck – WozzeckBIZET
Zurga – Les Pecheur des PerlesBOLCOM
Eddie Carbone – A View from the BridgeBRITTEN
Billy Budd – Billy BuddCHABRIER
Henri de Valois – Le Roi Malgré LuiDONIZETTI
Belcore – L’Elisir d‘Amore
Alfonso – La Favorita
Antonio – Linda di Chamounix
Enrico – Lucia di Lammermoor
Riccardo – I PuritaniFLOYD
George – Of Mice and Men

Valentin – Faust

Joseph DeRocher – Dead Man Walking
Henry – The End of the Affair
Starbuck – Moby Dick

Silvio – I Pagliacci


Athanaël – ThaїsMOZART
Don Alfonso – Cosi Fan Tutte
Don Giovanni – Don Giovanni
Il Conte – Le Nozze di FigaroORFF
Der König – Die KlugePUCCINI
Marcello – La Boheme
Sharpless – Madama Butterfly
Lescaut – Manon Lescaut
Michele – Il TabarroROSSINI
Figaro – Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Dandini – CenerentolaSONDHEIM
Sweeney Todd – Sweeney ToddSTRAUSS, J
Eisenstein/Falke – Die FledermausTHOMAS
Hamlet – HamletVERDI
Ezio – Attila
Renato – Un Ballo in Maschera
Rodrigo – Don Carlo
Ford – Falstaff
Rigoletto – Rigoletto
Giorgio Germont – La Traviata
Il Conte di Luna – Il Trovatore


St. John’s Passion
St. Matthew PassionBEETHOVEN
Ein Deutsches RequiemDURUFLÉ
The Starlight ExpressFAURÉ
Alexander’s Feast
Judas Maccabæus
The Messiah
Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen
Rückert Lieder
Great Mass in C
Missa Brevis in G
Missa Solemnis in C minor (Waisenhausmesse)
Dona Nobis Pacem
Five Mystical Songs
A Sea Symphony
Austin Lyric Opera
Baltimore Opera
Calgary Opera
Cincinnati Opera
Colorado Opera
Columbus Opera
Dallas Opera
Dayton Opera
Dresden Semperoper
Duluth Festival Opera
Fresno Grand Opera
Greater Buffalo Opera
Hawaii Opera Theater
Houston Opera
Kentucky Opera
Long Beach Opera
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Madison Opera
Michigan Opera Theater
Mobile Opera
Nashville Opera
New Israeli Opera
New York City Opera
Nickel City Opera
Onafhankelijk Toneel/ OperaOT (Rotterdam)
Opera Pacific
Opera Philadelphia (formerly OCP)
Pittsburgh Opera
San Francisco Opera
Shreveport Opera
Theater an der Wien (Vienna)
Theater Erfurt
Vancouver Opera
Vienna Volksoper
Wexford Opera
Akron Symphony
American Symphony Orchestra
Buffalo Philharmonic
Columbus Symphony
Haifa Symphony
Harrisburg Symphony
Spokane Symphony
Ravinia Festival Orchestra
Washington Concert Opera

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