John Tibbetts, baritone is known for his “mature voice and sensitivity” in the arena of concert and opera. Recently Tibbetts was featured in David T Little’s “immaculately cast” (WSJ) “Vikensport” and sang Cascada in “The Merry Widow” with Opera Saratoga. He is featured on the 2018 recording by Bridge Record’s of “The Cradle Will Rock” as Yasha under acclaimed conductor John Mauceri. He also debuted with Kentucky Opera as 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.
Tibbetts was a 2018 finalist in the internationally-renowned Lotte Lenya Competition. Last Spring he made his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra singing the songs of Aaron Copland. Other operatic engagements include Il conte Robinson in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto with Queen City Opera, and 2nd prisoner in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with Cincinnati Opera. His roles include Count Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, John Procter in “The Crucible,” John Brooke in “Little Women,” Il Signor Bruschino in Rossini’s “Il Signor Bruschino,” Pandolfe in Massanet’s “Cendrillon,” and The King Animal in Susa’s “Transformations.”
In January of 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, he made his National Public Radio debut with selections from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. Recent solo engagements include Haydn’s “The Creation” with The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society of Upstate NY, Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with The NY Choral Society, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Atlanta Master Chorale. He has also sung Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Rückert-Lieder, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, 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.
He earned his MM in Voice from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music while studying with Baritone William McGraw and his BM from Georgia State University with Tenor Richard Clement. In 2015 Tibbetts was a Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Competition Finalist and a recipient of the Georgia District Metropolitan Opera Competition Encouragement Award. Tibbetts has appeared as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis, a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation young artist with Central City Opera, and Barbara and Halsey Sandford young artist with Kentucky Opera. He currently studies with Bass Kevin Langan.