American tenor John Tiranno recently made his Italian debut in Rome at the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra singing the Saint-Saëns Requiem. The New York Times has called his singing “ardent and mellifluous” and in two recent reviews said he “sang pleasing” and was “a fine soloist”.
Performances in 2011 include the aforementioned Saint-Saëns Requiem, the U.S. premiere of Juraj Filas’ Oratio Spei – Requiem (Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), Bach’s St. John Passion and César Franck’s Mass in A (Saint Andrew Music Society), Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (Musica Sacra), Bach’s St. John Passion in Burlington, VT (Oriana Singers), a return to Teatro Grattacielo to sing Noro di Gozzo in I Compagnacci and Il Prete in Il Re, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass as part of the Make Music New York Festival. Upcoming appearances include his debut with the Florentine Opera as Elder Hayes in their production of Susannah. 2010 engagements included creating the role of Trouble in Gisle Kverndokk’s Max and Moritz (New York Opera Society), Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann (Hillman Opera - SUNY Fredonia), Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Concert Opera of Philadelphia), Captain Richard Warrington in Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta (Light Opera of New York), Handel’s Messiah (National Academy Orchestra of Canada) and Totonno in Wolf-Ferrari’s I Gioielli della Madonna (Teatro Grattacielo).
His 2009 engagements included Handel’s Messiah (Dayton Philharmonic), Haydn’s Creation (Vermont Mozart Festival), the roles of Moussah and Ferkamnat in Fervaal (American Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Caius in Falstaff and 2nd Jew in Salome (Toledo Opera), Haydn’s Theresienmesse (Distinguished Concerts International New York), and Gala Concerts with the Harrisburg Opera Association and Teatro Grattacielo.
Other credits include the Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata (Granite State Opera), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Hamilton, Ontario (National Academy Orchestra of Canada), Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe (Nashville Opera), the title role in Gounod’s Faust (Opera in the Heights), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Opera Colorado), Beppe in Pagliacci (New York Grand Opera), Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Connecticut Grand Opera), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Vermont Mozart Festival), and the world premiere of Gregory Walker’s The Passion According to St. Toscanini (Boulder Philharmonic), as well as appearances with Sarasota Opera, Lake George Opera, Boheme Opera of New Jersey, Augusta Opera, and the Ash Lawn Opera. Mr. Tiranno holds a BM from SUNY Fredonia, and a MM from West Virginia University, both in Vocal Performance. He is a past winner of the Dorothy Strayer-Premier Music Award and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Audition.