John Bellemer Tenor
John Bellemer’s season 2013-14 engagements include his return to Wexford Festival Opera as Gabriele in Foroni’s Cristina, regina di Svezia, to Berkshire Choral Festival as soloist in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Toni in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers at Venice’s Teatro la Fenice, and Messiah at Duke University. In summer 2013 he was tenor soloist in Britten’s Spring Symphony with Berkshire Choral Festival. He recently sang Sali in Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet with Wexford Festival; Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia at Florence’s Maggio Musicale; Alfredo in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera; Riccardo in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan at Buxton Festival; Sandy/Officer One in Davies’ The Lighthouse with Boston Lyric Opera; Don José in Carmen with Opera Birmingham; Messiah with Alabama Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; debuted with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in works by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms; sang Nebuchadnezzar in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace and as Herold in Grassl’s Tassilo with Festival Mattseer Diabelli Sommer in Austria; and returned to the Buxton Festival as Riccardo in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan and to New York Choral Society in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. Other successes include Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Filas’ “Song of Solomon” with Oratorio Society of New York; Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Columbus Symphony Orchestra; title role in Faust with Hawaii Opera Theater; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Opera Omaha and Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Belgium); Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Birmingham; Rodolfo in La bohème and Ira Hayes in Johanna Doderer’s Der leuchtende Fluss at Theater Erfurt (Germany); Don José in Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera; Rodolfo in Luisa Miller and Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia with Buxton Festival; Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with New York Choral Society; Boconnion in The Mines of Sulphur at Wexford Festival; Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opéra de Rouen (Paris); Toni in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers at Teatro Arriaga (Spain) and Teatro di San Carlo (Naples); Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Teatro Lirico di Cagliari (Italy); Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de perles with Arizona Opera; and Herr M in Hindemith’s Neues vom Tage with Teatro delle Muse Ancona (Italy). Mr. Bellemer has appeared with the New York Choral Society at Alice Tully Hall performing Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle; Calgary Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; American Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Missa solemni; Berkshire Symphony Orchestra in the American premiere of 60th Parallel; Danville Symphony singing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy; and as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, with both the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Bellemer made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New England Chamber Ensemble performing Mozart’s Requiem, and has performed in gala concerts presented by the Richard Tucker Foundation, Arizona Opera, Nevada Opera, and San Jose Symphony. He is featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Lincoln” as Gounod’s Faust. In 2014-15 he will return to Boston Lyric Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.