JOHN KAPUSTA – tenor
John Kapusta, born in White Plains, NY, is a tenor specializing in character roles. John recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux with the Opera Orchestra of New York (Eve Queler, conductor) in a performance the New York Times described as “impressive.” In the 2014-15 season, John will appear as The Vain Man/Snake in Washington National Opera’s production of The Little Prince, directed by Francesca Zambello. Currently, John is performing as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos (directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Kathleen Kelly) and as Reverend McMillan in the premier of a revised version of Tobias Picker and Gene Scheer’s An American Tragedy (directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by George Manahan) at the Glimmerglass Festival. Other recent roles include Don Eusebio in Opportunity Makes the Thief, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, and Sellem in The Rake’s Progress. John was a 2014 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
An avid concert singer, John has performed with the Chiara Quartet (Haydn’s Twelve Last Words of Christ), cellist Natasha Brofsky (world premiere of Stephen Coxe’s Earth’s Answer at Jordan Hall), and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble under conductor Sydney Hodkinson (Peter Eötvös’s Snatches of a Conversation). John recently performed Benjamin Britten’s Canticle III, Still falls the rain: The raids 1940. Night and dawn for tenor, horn, and piano at Santa Barbara’s Hahn Hall, and Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées and Poulenc’s Fiançailles Pour Rire at Berkeley’s Herz Hall with pianist and musicologist Nicholas Mathew. In 2008, John represented the New England Conservatory at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project.
A Fulbright grant recipient, John studied French opera and mélodie with baritone François le Roux and pianist and vocal coach Janine Reiss in Paris from 2009-2010. His project focused on contemporary approaches to the tradition of French vocal performance practice, with an emphasis on lyric diction.
John is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where he was a member of the first class admitted to the Harvard/New England Conservatory joint program. At Harvard, John was featured as vocal soloist for a colloquium with composer John Adams at Harvard’s New College Theater, and was a winner of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Concerto Competition, the first singer to win the prize in the orchestra’s history. At NEC, John was a student of Patricia Misslin.
John is also a music historian currently completing a doctorate in Musicology at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more about his academic projects and research on singers and singing here. He and his wife reside in Brooklyn, NY.