John Relyea

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John Relyea (born 1972[1] in Toronto) is a Canadian bass-baritone opera singer and winner of the 2003 Richard Tucker Award.[2]

He was born in 1972 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,[3] to Gary Relyea, one of Canada's well-known opera singers, and a native Estonian Anna Tamm-Relyea, also a professional singer.[4]

John Relyea is a 1998 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He studied with his father, with renowned opera bass Jerome Hines, and with bass-baritone Edward Zambara.[5][6] John Relyea has performed with major symphony companies across the country, such as the New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in addition to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.[5]

His roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Giorgio in I Puritani, Escamillo in Carmen, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Bohème, Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Caspar in Der Freischütz, Banquo in Macbeth, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Garibaldo in Rodelinda, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Mephistopheles in La damnation de Faust, and Gessler in Guillaume Tell,[7] and appears on the Metropolitan Opera's DVD presentations of Don Giovanni and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, both released by Deutsche Grammophon.[7]

John Relyea is married with two sons. He resides in Rhode Island.


  1. ^ "Opera Stars of Today—John Relyea". Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  2. ^ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn News — The New York Times — Narrowed by 'RELYEA, JOHN'
  3. ^ Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center — 2007–08 Broadcasts Archived 2008-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ John Relyea: bass-baritone Archived 2008-04-29 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Opera talent Relyea offers variety in styles, languages — Arts
  6. ^ Leslie Holmes (November–December 2011). "A Conversation with John Relyea, Part 2". Journal of Singing.
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