John Robert Lindsey
American tenor John Robert Lindsey made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut and his Canadian debut in the role of Števa in the 2017 production of Janáček’s Jenůfa. In 2020 he returns to Pacific Opera to make his role debut as Bill in Flight by Jonathan Dove.
During the 2019/20 season, he will also make house debuts at Opéra de Montréal as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera on the Avalon as Edward in Ours by John Estacio.
Mr. Lindsey, who has been described as “a blazing tenor” by Opera News, has gained a reputation as a budding dramatic tenor with a connection to German, English and new works repertoire.
In the 2018/19 season, Mr. Lindsey appeared in Madison Opera’s annual Opera in the Parks concert, in anticipation of a role and company debut as the Prince in Rusalka, and returned to Austin Opera for a reprisal of Jonathan Dale in Silent Night, a role he originated for the world première at Minnesota Opera. The 2017/18 season included his role debut as Froh in Das Rheingold with Arizona Opera.
Recent engagements include Narraboth in Salome with the Minnesota Orchestra, Jonathan Dale with Michigan Opera Theater, Ben Marco in The Manchurian Candidate with Austin Opera, Lloyd in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Shining, Don José in Carmen with Opera San Jose, and on the concert stage, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Sebastian Lang Lessing.
During his time as a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, he performed Malcolm in Macbeth, Graf Elemer in Arabella, and Ismaele in Nabucco. While an Apprentice at Des Moines Metro Opera, he covered Števa in Jenůfa and Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West. A passionate performer and proponent of new works, John has participated in workshops at Minnesota Opera and elsewhere in Sister Carrie, Parables, and Elmer Gantry by Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein, The Dream of Valentino by Dominick Argento, and the aforementioned world première of Silent Night. Equally at home on the concert stage, he has performed with orchestra Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and Handel’s Messiah.
Mr. Lindsey was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in 2015, a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera from 2011-2014, and a studio artist with Central City Opera in 2011. He received his Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Colorado State University in his hometown of Fort Collins. In 2015, he was invited to participate in the International Competition for Wagnerian Voices at Bayreuth. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.
John Lindsey as Števa was convincing, suitably superficial—swaggering, drunken, despicably weak. It’s a hard role to play but, with his easy good looks and mellifluous voice, Mr. Lindsey gave us a convincing characterization.
Harvey de Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, review of Jenůfa, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2017
Lindsey sang Jonathan Dale, a role he created in the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of Silent Night, with sympathetic vulnerability and a blazing tenor.
Opera News, Review of Silent Night at Michigan Opera Theatre