John Avey is a well-known, experienced and respected member of Canada’s bass- baritone fraternity, whose repertoire encompasses a wide range of major operatic and concert works. He has sung with all of Canada’s leading opera companies and most of its major orchestras as well as performances in the United States and Europe. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, subsequently appearing there as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, a role he has sung with the opera companies of Arizona, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.
Career highlights include Peneios in Richard Strauss’ Daphne with the New York City Opera, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies as well as the title role of The Mikado in Brian Macdonald’s legendary production at the Stratford Festival and on tour. John has enjoyed particular success in the title role of Rigoletto and as Baron Scarpia in Tosca with both Pacific Opera and Orchestra London. He has performed on CBC Radio in such works as Vaughan Williams’ the Five Mystical Songs, the Verdi Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony while for CBC TV, Avey sang the world television premiere of The Spirit of Haida Gwai broadcast on their series “Opening Night.”
No stranger to the concert stage, his repertoire includes the requiems of Verdi, Brahms and Fauré, Orff’s Carmina Burana and the major concert works of Beethoven, Handel and Haydn. Avey’s versatility is often shown in evenings devoted to the music of Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg and Andrew Lloyd Webber.