John Kaneklides, Tenor
Hailed by Opera News as “the very picture of youthful optimism and potential,” John Kaneklides’ “tenor voice cuts through all others with its richness and warmth” (Broadway World). John has performed the tenor solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, and Mozart’s Requiem. He is quickly becoming well known for his masterful interpretation of the highflying tenor solo in Carmina Burana and has performed the piece with Choral Artists of Sarasota, The Florida Orchestra, and will make his West Coast debut of the piece next season.
Known for his English language interpretation of opera and new works, John made his Carnegie Hall debut performing World Premières by renowned composer, Georgia Shreve. He created the double role of The Guide turned Narciso Borgia in the World Première of Harold Blumenfeld’s Borgia Infami and has portrayed Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Micah in Floyd’s Slow Dusk, and Villers in the New York Première of Floyd’s Prince of Players.
His other repertoire includes the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Alfredo in La traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Guido in Eine florentinische Tragöde, Jeník in The Bartered Bride, Nemorino in L’elisire d’amore, Cassio in Otello, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has also performed Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, for which Broadway World exclaimed, “Kaneklides is a sensation… whenever he sings, his glorious voice makes the audience melt.”
In addition to his work as a soloist, John is an arts advocate and sits on the Board of Directors of Artist Relief Tree as the Treasurer and is the Director of Development for the Vienna Summer Music Festival.