John Whittlesey, baritone, performs regularly in opera, concert, and recital in the Boston area, having appeared with Boston Lyric Opera, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New England Light Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Longwood Opera, the Hackmatack Playhouse, the Center for the Arts in Natick, the Masterworks Chorale,  Wellesley College, the Groton School, Salisbury Singers, the Concert Singers of Lynn, and the Chorus North Shore.  John's roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Father in Hansel and Gretel, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Sam in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, Robert Mission in Romberg's The New Moon, Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, The Traveler in Britten's Curlew River.


John has also created several roles, including Jim in Jeffrey Brody's The Measure of Love for Longwood Opera, Scully in Brian Hulse's The Blue Hotel at Wellesley College, Carter Winslow in Charles Shadle's A Question of Love, Robert in Shadle's A Last Goodbye, Thursdale in Brian Hulse's The Letter, the Announcer in Brian Hulse's The Game, Paul Verlaine in David Paul Gibson's Verlaine and Rimbaud, Dr. Cyrus Pike in Thomas Oboe Lee's The Inman Diaries and Oscar Wilde in De Profundis, and Sammy in Roger Rudenstein's Grace.  


Recent concert performances include Saint Saens's Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, the Brahms Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, Haydn's Theresiennemesse, the Boston stage premier of Dominick Argento's The Andrée Expedition, and a concert of opera highlights with the MIT Symphony 


John holds a BA in Psychology from Wittenberg University and a Master's in Health Administration from Xavier University.   John is the Founder and Artistic Director of Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series.   He is a student of Nina Hinson and coaches with James Busby.


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