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John Relyea continues to distinguish himself as one of today's
Mr. Relyea has appeared in many of the world's most celebrated
opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera
(where he is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program and a former
Adler Fellow), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Canadian
Opera Company, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera,
Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien, and
the Mariinksy Theater.
His roles include the title roles in Attila, Le Nozze di
Figaro, Bluebeard's Castle, Don Quixotte,
Attila, and Aleko; Zaccaria in Nabucco, Bertram
inRoberto le Diable, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Colline
in La Bohème, Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, Don Basilio
in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Alidoro in La Cenerentola,
Giorgio in I puritani, Banquo in Macbeth, Garibaldo
inRodelinda, Méphistophélès in both Faust and La
Damnation de Faust, the Four Villains in Les Contes
d'Hoffmann, Escamillo in Carmen, Marke in Tristan und
Isolde, Caspar in Der Freischutz, Nick Shadow in The
Rake's Progress, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, and King
René in Iolanta.
Mr. Relyea also remains in high demand throughout the concert
world where he appears regularly with orchestras such as the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia
Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic,
Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Swedish
Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the
Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
He has also appeared at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom,
Cincinnati May, Vail, Lanaudière, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne and
Mostly Mozart festivals, and in the BBC Proms.
In recital, he has been presented at Weill Hall and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Wigmore Hall in
London, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, and the
University of Chicago Presents series.
The many conductors with whom Mr. Relyea has worked with include
Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von
Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev,
Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir
Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano,
Sir Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon
Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, and Ilan Volkov.
Mr. Relyea's recordings include the Verdi Requiem (LSO
Live), Idomeneo with Sir Charles Mackerras and the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra (EMI), Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with Sir
Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (EMI),
and the Metropolitan Opera's DVD presentations of Don
Giovanni, I Puritani and Die Meistersinger von
Nürnberg (Deutsche Grammophon),
and Macbeth (Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series).
This season, Mr. Relyea returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the
Water Sprite in Rusalka and appears in a new production
of I Lombardi at the Hamburg State Opera. He also appears
in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony,
National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the
Hamburg NDR. Mr. Relyea is the winner of the 2009 Beverly
Sills Award and the 2003 Richard Tucker Award.