John Avey, Baritone

Baritone John Avey will perform the role of Carl Jung. John has become known for his powerful rich baritone and his commanding presence onstage. He debuted at The Met as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and has sung roles for the New York City Opera, the Arizona Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has also sung with the Canadian Opera Company and most of Canada's opera companies including the Vancouver Opera.


"As Scarpia, his baritone is sonorous and his phrasing has the slyness that sets him up from the first as more than an egomaniacal brute."
Hilary McLaughlin,
The Globe and Mail


John Avey is a talented and versatile baritone whose repertoire encompasses a wide variety of major operatic roles as well as the principal symphonic and oratorio works. Mr. Avey debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Enrico in Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. In addition to performing Enrico, he has appeared at the Met as Germont père in LA TRAVIATA and covered the roles of Montano in OTELLO and Renato in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. Avey made his New York City Opera debut in Janácek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, appearing as the Vicar - a role he previously sang for the Canadian Opera Company - and covering the role of the Forester. His 2004-2005 season included appearances at New York City Opera where he was heard as Peneios in Richard Strauss' DAPHNE. During the season, he returned to Pacific Opera Victoria for Scarpia in TOSCA, a production also heard at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. He was in Edmonton for der Kaiser in Ullmann's DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS and was heard with the London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus as Christus in Bach's JOHANNES PASSION. Verdi's REQUIEM with Orchestra London, MESSIAH for the Brott Music Festival and the Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus were also on his schedule and he rejoined the Fanshawe chorus for Beethoven's MISSA SOLEMNIS in April of '06. He recently made his title role debut in RIGOLETTO for Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London and looks forward to MANON LESCAUT in the current season.

He has sung Rodrigo in DON CARLOS for Arizona Opera, di Luna in IL TROVATORE for Pacific Opera Victoria, Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Opera Ontario and Peter in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL for Manitoba Opera and for Edmonton Opera. Past highlights include Scarpia in TOSCA for Opera Lyra Ottawa, Der Musiklehrer in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Pacific Opera Victoria and Frank in DIE FLEDERMAUS for both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Calgary Opera. For the Vancouver Symphony, he was heard in a rare performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's MOZART AND SALIERI.

In his 2002/2003 season he was heard as Germont in LA TRAVIATA for Arizona Opera and Calgary Opera and he was in Toronto as Staryk in JENUFA for the Canadian Opera Company. He was also featured in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Calgary Philharmonic. For the COC, Mr. Avey has been featured as Krusina in THE BARTERED BRIDE and Schaunard in LA BOHÈME in addition to important assignments in TURANDOT, OEDIPUS REX and Ullmann's DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS. He sang Germont in LA TRAVIATA for Vancouver Opera, Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMERMOOR with Pacific Opera Victoria, Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Edmonton Opera plus performances of the Verdi REQUIEM for both the Vancouver and the Victoria symphonies. Mr. Avey's career has also included appearances as Ping in TURANDOT and Pooh Bah in MIKADO for Calgary Opera, Staryk in JENUFA for both the Vancouver Opera and L'Opéra de Montréal, Beethoven's SYMPHONY No. 9 with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and the Brott Summer Music Festival, Mozart's REQUIEM with the Charlotte Symphony (N.C.) and MESSIAH with the symphonies of Nova Scotia and Victoria. He starred at the Stratford Festival as the Mikado in Brian MacDonald's legendary production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, which subsequently toured to Ottawa, Victoria and Mississauga's Living Arts Centre.

Avey's repertoire also includes the requiems of Brahms and Fauré, Orff's DER MOND and CARMINA BURANA, plus the major works of Handel and Haydn. He performed CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS for the Ottawa Symphony and is heard in evenings devoted to the music of Lerner & Loewe and Rodgers & Hammerstein. He appeared in THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto.
September 2006