John Fanning

Baritone

 

John Fanning

Baritone

Canadian Citizen

Recently invested as a Member of the Order of Canada, highlights of John Fanning’s career are a showcase for his pre-eminent position among today’s baritones. A veteran of nine seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, roles there include John Plake in SLY co-starring with Placido Domingo, Mandryka in ARABELLA, Father in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL and Count Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Further Met roles include Mr. Astly in THE GAMBLER conducted by Gergiev, Faninal in DER ROSENKAVALIER and the Four Villains in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN conducted by James Levine. At the San Francisco Opera he was conducted by Patrick Summers in LOUISE, toured the United States as soloist in Mozart’s REQUIEM with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy and sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Zukerman in Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Recent and upcoming engagements include Count Waldner in ARABELLA for the Canadian Oepra Company, Mozart’s REQUIEM for the Hamilton Philharmonic, the World Premiere of Finley’s THE PENCIL SALESMAN for the Westben Festival, Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for English National Opera and Edmonton Opera, Wotan in DAS RHEINGOLD for Pacific Opera Victoria, the title role in WOZZECK for Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Germont in LA TRAVIATA for Calgary Opera, and Mozart’s REQUIEM for the Alberta Ballet.

Fanning’s wide ranging repertoire includes the title role in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER (Pacific Opera Victoria), Tonio in PAGLIACCI and the title role in GIANNI SCHICCHI (Calgary Opera), Count di Luna in TROVATORE (L’Opéra de Québec), Der Musiklehrer in DER ROSENKAVALIER (Houston Grand Opera), the title role in CASANOVA’S HOMECOMING (Minnesota Opera), Kolenaty in THE MAKROPOULOS CASE (Nantes and Angers), the title role in MACBETH (l’Opéra de Montréal) and Tomsky in PIQUE DAME and Gunther in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Canadian Opera Company).

Other roles include Horace Tabor in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE (Calgary Opera), Iago in OTELLO (Opéra de Québec and Manitoba Opera), BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST (Calgary Philharmonic) and Stravinsky’s OEDIPUS REX (Sao Paolo). Of special note was the premiere of Estacio’s FROBISHER with Fanning in the title role for Calgary Opera, later repeated at the Banff Centre and his Spoleto USA debut as Moneybags Bill in Weill’s AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY.

Credits also include the Marquis de la Force in DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES for Vancouver Opera, Balstrode in PETER GRIMES at L’Opéra de Montréal, Jokanaan in SALOME for the Arizona Opera and Kentucky Opera, Jack Rance in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST for the Vancouver Opera and Canadian Opera Company and he starred as SWEENEY TODD for Calgary Opera.

He was at the San Francisco Opera as William Jennings Bryan in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, at the New York City Opera as Mozart’s Count, Escamillo in CARMEN and the Four Villains in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and debuted at Carnegie Hall in Strauss’ DAPHNE conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Harasta in Janacek’s THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN (Canadian Opera Company) and the title role in EUGENE ONEGIN (Pacific Opera Victoria) are also among his gallery of operatic portrayals. He has sung ELIJAH, MESSIAH, the FIVE MYSTICAL SONGS and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Canada’s major symphonies including those of Vancouver, Montréal, Edmonton, Québec, Calgary, Nova Scotia and Toronto. Featured as Firmin in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA both on the national tour and at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto, he was the operatic voice of many commercials, starred in CBC’s WIND AT MY BACK and was featured in Norman Jewison’s film, MOONSTRUCK. Mr. Fanning is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the George London Grant to Singers.                             

Mr. Fanning is Assistant Professor of Voice on the Music Faculty of the University of Montreal.      September 2017

 

 

Opera

Bellini Ernesto
Riccardo
IL PIRATA
I PURITANI
Berg Wozzeck WOZZECK
Bizet Escamillo CARMEN
Britten Theseus
Balstrode
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
PETER GRIMES
Chabrier Henri de Valois LE ROI MALGRÉ LUI
Charpentier Le Bricoleur, Father LOUISE
Delibes Nilakantha LAKMÉ
Donizetti Belcore L’ELISIR D’AMORE
de Falla Don Quixote EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO
Gilbert & Sullivan Captain Corcoran
Pish Tush
The Pirate King
Dr. Daly
H.M.S. PINAFORE
THE MIKADO
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
THE SORCERER
Humperdinck Father HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
Janáček Harasta
Dr. Kolenaty
Staryk
CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
THE MAKROPULOS CASE
JENUFA
Leoncavallo Tonio PAGLIACCI
Mascagni David L’AMICO FRITZ
Massenet Athanael
Albert
THAÏS
WERTHER
Menotti Melchior
Husband
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
AMELIA GOES TO THE BALL
Moore, D. Horace Taber/W.J.Bryan BALLAD OF BABY DOE
Mussorgsky Schelkalov BORIS GODUNOV
Mozart Guglielmo
Don Giovanni
Count Almaviva
COSI FAN TUTTE
DON GIOVANNI
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Offenbach Lindorf/Coppelius/Lindorf/Coppelius/ Dr. Miracle LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Paisiello Figaro IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Poulenc Marquis de la Force/Jailer DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Prokofiev Mr. Astley THE GAMBLER
Puccini Marcello
Jack Rance
Sharpless
Lescaut
LA BOHÈME
FANCIULLA DEL WEST
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
MANON LESCAUT
Ravel Ramiro L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE
Sondheim Sweeney Todd SWEENEY TODD
Strauss, J. Eisenstein, Dr. Falke DIE FLEDERMAUS
Strauss, R. Mandryka
Ein Musiklehrer
Faninal
Jokanaan
ARABELLA
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
ROSENKAVALIER
SALOME
Stravinsky Creon OEDIPUS REX
Tchaikovsky Onegin
Tomsky
EUGENE ONEGIN
PIQUE DAME
Verdi Macbeth
Rigoletto/Monterone
Germont
Iago
MACBETH
RIGOLETTO
LA TRAVIATA
OTELLO
Wagner Kothner/Nachtigall
Gunther
Wotan
DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG
GÖTTERDÄMERUNG
DAS RHEINGOLD
Weill Moneybags Bill MAHAGONNY
Wolf-Ferrari John Plake SLY

Concert

Bach, J.S. Numerous Cantatas
Weihnachtsoratorium
Magnificat
Matthäus Passion
Johannes Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Duruflé Requiem
Dvorak Te Deum
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Theresienmesse
Martin Sechs Monologue aus Jedermann
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Concert Arias
Requiem
Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death
Orff Carmina Burana
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs

Theatre

Cole Porter Anything Goes
Kiss Me Kate
Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel
The King and I
Oklahoma
South Pacific
Sound of Music
Gershwin Porgy and Bess
Lerner & Loewe Brigadoon
Camelot
Gigi
My Fair Lady
Bernstein Candide
West Side Story
Schmidt The Fantastiks
Additional Composers Jacques Brel, Stephen Sondheim
Viennese Composers Kalman, Lehár, Strauss

“Starring as Sir John was Dundas baritone John Fanning. Not only was Fanning in excellent voice, but he captured all the divisions of his role, from blustery knight, to quasi-Solomonic judge, to lover boy wannabe, to the butt of everyone’s amusement.”

Hamilton Spectator – Leonard Turnivicious

“Baritone John Fanning was commanding in the title role, yet also vulnerable. He let us see and hear how he yearns to break the curse that has condemned him to sail the high seas forever.”

Opera Canada – Robin Miller [The Flying Dutchman, Pacific Opera Victoria]

“…it was John Fanning who was the real star. As Tonio in Pagliacci, he gets to sing the Prologue, one of the great moments in opera for a baritone, and he was also the Gianni Schicchi in the other opera. In both operas Fanning was a dominant figure, especially with his first-class singing, but also with his many comic touches. He plays a clown in the Pagliacci and never missed a trick.”

Calgary Herald – Ted Rhodes [Pagliacci/Schicchi Calgary Opera]

“Fanning was in strong voice, singing with great conviction to realize his character’s transformation…”

(Opera Ontario, LA TRAVIATA)

Opera Canada – Wayne Gooding

“John Fanning was an entirely convincing Germont, striking a balance between noble gravitas and paternal protectiveness. His’ Di Provenza il mar’ was a standout.”

The Hamilton Spectator – Leonard Turnevicius

“John Fanning’s… darkly portrayed Iago from Verdi’s Otello captured the evil contemplation of Shakespeare’s infamous villain to a tee with his booming voice sending a palpable shudder through the audience.”

Winnipeg Free Press – Holly Harris

“John Fanning…his voice was perfect for the part, its natural touch of huskiness, both the low notes and the commanding top. Dramatically, he was a powerful presence, clearly the focal point of the entire evening.”

(Calgary Opera, SWEENEY TODD)

Opera Canada – Kenneth DeLong

“John Fanning really had the size of voice to gather us up and carry us off with the drama and power of his singing.”

The Hamilton Spectator – Hugh Fraser

“The cast was strong and in the case of John Fanning’s beautifully conceived Onegin, outstanding. At ease, elegant and moody and with the role sitting comfortably in his baritone register, Fanning electrified the stage in a memorable performance.”

Opera Canada

“John Fanning as The Bat/Dr. Falke, is huge-voiced and utterly secure in every facet of his art.”

The Hamilton Spectator – Hugh Fraser