John Whittlesey, baritone, performs regularly in opera, concert, and recital, having appeared with Palm Beach Opera, Opera Fusion, Boston Lyric Opera, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New England Light Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Longwood Opera, Chorus North Shore, Wellesley College, Trinity College, the Salisbury Singers, the Louisville Master Chorale, and the Middletown Civic Chorus.
John joined the South Florida Symphony for both And the Tony Goes To concerts, on our inaugural American Songbook concert, and he performed in recital for us in Key West. John’s operatic roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Father in Hansel and Gretel, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Robert Mission in Romberg’s The New Moon, Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and the Traveler in Britten’s Curlew River.
John has also created several roles in operas by Brian Hulse, Jeffrey Brody, David Paul Gibson, Roger Rudenstein, Thomas Oboe Lee, Charles Shadle, James Yannatos, and Michael Ross. John was the founder and artistic director for Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series, which produced contemporary chamber operas, including ten commissions in its twelve-year history. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, a recital of British art songs, and the premier of Not in My Town by Michael Ross with Opera Fusion.