John Tibbetts

Georgia native, John Tibbetts, baritone is an artist “worthy of mention” (OPERA Magazine) known for his mature voice and sensitivity in the arena of concert and opera. Currently a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera, Tibbetts will debut as The Official Registrar this spring while covering Sharpless and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and cover Belcore in L’elisir d’amore. As a part of Virginia Opera’s Variation Series, Tibbetts will sing the role of Beauin Service Provider  by Christopher Weiss & John de los Santos and Samin Breaking by Michael Gilbertson (2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist) & Caroline V. McGraw.

Later this spring Tibbetts will be featured as Dr. Pangloss from Bersntein’s Candide with Georgia State University Opera Theater with acclaimed director Carroll Freeman and conductor Michael Palmer.Tibbetts will be returning to Songfest in California at the Colburn School as a Professional Fellow performing in a series of concerts and masterclasses. Following Songfest,  Tibbetts will appear as a Professional Fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and sing the roles of Escamillo in Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s The Tragedy of Carmen and Harry in Sondheim’s Company. Tibbetts returned to Opera Saratoga in summer 2018 to sing Cascada in The Merry Widow and Prince Gabriel III of Belgium’s Trainer’s Son in David T. Little’s Immaculately cast(WSJ) Vikensport.

​In Febuary 2018 Tibbetts debuted with Kentucky Opera singing Fiorello in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and participated in their young artist program touring local schools and giving concerts for disabled and homebound adults. Later in March, Tibbetts made his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut singing the songs of Aaron Copland. Opera Saratoga has released a CD recording of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock with acclaimed conductor John Mauceri. Tibbetts’ is featured with a major role as Yasha on Bridge Record’s release.

Tibbetts made in NY City Debut at the Merkin Center where he premiered Andy Tierstein’s The Tree of Eternal Life with American Lyric Theater in 2018. He sang Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Atlanta Master Chorale in May 2017. Following in the fall, Tibbetts sang Haydn’s The Creation with The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society in NY, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with NY Choral Society. He has also sung Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Rückert-Lieder, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and The Creation, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Missa brevis in F Major, and Mack Wilberg’s Requiem.

In January 2017 Tibbetts was a fellow at Songfest at the Hidden Valley Music Festival under the mentorship of Sir Thomas Allen and Graham Johnson. Alongside narration from Mr. Allen and Mr. Johnson, Tibbetts made his National Public Radio debut with selections from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise.

Recent engagements include Il conte Robinson in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto with Queen City Opera, and 2nd prisoner in Fidelio Cincinnati Opera. Other roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, John Procter in The Crucible, John Brooke in Little Women,  the tittle role  in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, Pandolfe in Massanet’s Cendrillon, and the 1971 opera with text by Anne Sexton and music by Conrad Susa, Transformations. No stranger to contemporary works, Tibbetts also performed Libby Larson’s The Curious Case of H.H. Holmeswhile in Cincinnati.

He has been a young artist with Opera Saratoga in 2017-18, Opera Theater St. Louis in 2015, and Central City Opera in 2014. In 2015 Mr. Tibbetts was a Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Competition Finalist and a recipient of the Georgia District Metropolitan Opera Competition Encouragement Award.​

He received his masters from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Baritone William McGraw and his received his bachelors in music from Georgia State University while working with Tenor Richard Clement. He currently studies with renown bass Kevin Langan.

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