John Tessier



On the international stages of opera, concert, and recital, Canadian John Tessier has garnered attention and praise for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and creative versatility, and for his handsome, youthful presence in the lyric tenor repertoire.  The Juno Award-winning artist has worked with many of the most notable conductors of our day including David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Plácido Domingo, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, Emmanuelle Haïm, Charles Dutoit, Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Bernard Labadie.

In the 2016-17 operatic season, Mr. Tessier returns for the third consecutive year to the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper and presents the role of Tonio in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of La fille du Régiment.   In Canada, he assays the title role of Massenet’s Werther in a new production at Manitoba Opera and sings Don Ramiro in a revival of La cenerentola for Edmonton Opera.  His concert performances include Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah both with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony, the Mozart Requiem with Rune Bergmann and the Szczecin Philharmonic, as well as the 37thannual CBC Christmas Sing-In, which is heard by more than one million listeners across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two.

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“Fellow Canadian John Tessier’s high, almost haute-contre tenor is ideal for Nadir’s Act 1 romance – combining an easy legato with a finely modulated voix mixte, this was by far the best performance I’ve heard of this killer aria. Tessier shows a strong command of the style, and his crystalline French was the finest in the cast. Additionally, his impetuous physicality also lent a nice degree of realism to the role.”

Kevin W. Ng


“Tessier’s lyrical, soaring tenor was an excellent match for the delicacy and purity of McKay’s Leila”

Melinda Bargreen

Seattle Times