John Bellemer Tenor
About John BellemerThe American tenor John Bellemer has gained a reputation for his strong portrayals in a very wide repertoire. Possessed of a voice the New York Times calls "clarion-toned", he continues to appear in leading roles at opera houses across North America and Europe. He is featured in the Oscar-winning film Lincoln as Faust from the Gounod opera.
In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Bellemer returns to Austin Lyric Opera as Der Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, Pacific Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Messiah, and debuts with North Carolina Opera as Nadir in The Pearl Fishers. His engagements in the 2015-16 season included his return to Hawaii Opera Theatre as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rodolfo in La bohème with Bangor Symphony Orchestra, soloist in Bach Cantatas with Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Hours of Freedom with Defiant Requiem Foundation at Czech Center New York, Carmina Burana with Teatro Regio di Torino, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Pacific Symphony Orchestra with a repeat performance in the summer.
Recent engagements included Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Sandy/Officer One in Davies’s The Lighthouse with Boston Lyric Opera; Gabriele in Foroni’s Cristina, regina di Svezia andSali in Delius’s A Village Romeo and Juliet with Wexford Festival Opera; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Britten’s Spring Symphony with Berkshire Choral Festival; Toni in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers at Venice’s Teatro la Fenice; works by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Florence’s Maggio Musicale; Alfredo in La traviata with Florida Grand Opera; and Nebuchadnezzar in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace and as Herold in Grassl’s Tassilo with Festival Mattseer Diabelli Sommer (Austria).
Other international appearances include Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opéra de Rouen, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro delle Muse, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Opéra de Rennes, Theater Erfurt, Stadttheater Giessen, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Estonian National Opera, and Teatro Arriaga among others.
Mr. Bellemer's extensive North American credits also include performances with New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Madison Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Hawaii Opera, Arizona Opera, Calgary Opera, Minnesota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Omaha, Austin Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Ontario, Opera Birmingham, Opera San José, and the Berkshire Opera.
As concert artist, Mr. Bellemer has appeared with the Columbus Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New York Choral Society, Calgary Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Choral Arts Society of Washington DC, Oratorio Society of New York, and concerts in Paris and New York City sponsored by UNESCO.
Committed to the art of the vocal recital, John Bellemer toured with pianist John Wustman from 1992 to 1998 in a program titled "The Songs of Franz Schubert." He made his European recital debut at the Estonian National Opera.
Mr. Bellemer holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s from the University of Illinois. He lives in New York with his wife, Sarah Blaze and their Parson Russell Terrier, Scout.
Photo by Ron Rinaldi.