John Ken Nuzzo【Special Cooperate Artist】



John Nuzzo, tenor, enthralls the audience with his graceful, lyric voice.


In 2016, John sang with Plácido Domingo, “Au Fond du Temple Saint”-” Les pêcheurs de perles” in Southern California, sang Britten’s “Serenade” with the renowned horn player, Radek Baborák at Suntory Hall.


Throughout his career, John has performed with many leading singers and conductors, including James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Ramón Vargas, Renato Bruson, Edita Gruberova, Angela Gheorghiu, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Leo Nucci, René Pape, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson, Samuel Ramey, Deborah Voigt, Dawn Upshaw, Bernd Weikl, Falk Struckmann, Diana Damrau, Richard Bonynge, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Dan Ettinger and Fabio Luisi.


Having started his international career with the Opera de Monte-Carlo’s Japan tour as Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata, under the baton of Richard Bonynage and with Angela Gheorghiu as Violetta, John soon made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper. His outstanding performance as Novice in Britten's Billy Budd put him in the spotlight and was awarded the Eberhard Waechter Medal given to the two most promising new artists among the Austrian opera houses. This performance was released on CD from Orfeo d'Or label.


Whilst he continuously performed various roles in Wiener Staatsoper, John was invited to Salzburg Festival and made his debut as Syphax in Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules under the baton of Kent Nagano. This performance was also released on CD. The following year he was featured with Plácido Domingo and Olga Borodina in Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah conducted by Valery Gergiev and as Nathanael in Offenbach’s Les Contes D'Hoffmann with Neil Shicoff, Waltraud Meier, and Ruggero Raimondi, again under the baton of Kent Nagano.


In 2003, John Nuzzo made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Brighella in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, followed by Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the invitation of Maestro James Levine. In the new production of Puccini's Il Trittico in 2007, also conducted by Maestro Levine, John performed as Song seller in Il Tabarro, which was broadcasted around the world on the MET live viewing, and as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, a role which he also performed with Leo Nucci at the Wiener Staatsoper.


Other highlights that should be specially mentioned in his career include the role of Tony in Bernstein’s West Side Story conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock at Volksoper Wien, Gomats in Mozart’s Zaide at Teatro Olimpico, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at the New National Theater Tokyo, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore with Elizabeth Futral as Adina at the Pittsburgh Opera and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Anchorage Opera. In addition to such appearances at the leading opera houses, John’s concert highlights also includes Jaquino in the concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio with James Levine and the Münchner Philharmoniker, and Berlioz' Requiem with Charles Dutoit and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.


In 2013, singing the lead role in the opera Kamikaze at its premiere, John received the highest of praise in Tokyo. This performance was released on DVD from Sony Music Japan International.

In 2014, John will be heard as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center, and as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Biwako Hall Center for the performing arts.


Born in Tokyo, the Japanese-American tenor studied his voice with Patrick Goeser in the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in California. John Nuzzo is a prizewinner at many vocal competitions such as Los Angeles Opera Guild, Opera 100, Pasadena Opera Guild, and Japan Vocal. The demand for his various other performances include him singing in front of the Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the Pope the Bishop of Rome at the Vatican.


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