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Jon Vickers

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Canadian
Year of Birth: 1926
Year of Death: 2015

About Jon Vickers:

Jonathan Stewart Vickers, CC (October 29, 1926 – July 10, 2015), known professionally as Jon Vickers, was a Canadian heldentenor.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he was the sixth in a family of eight children. In 1950, he was awarded a scholarship to study opera at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1957 Vickers joined London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden company. In 1960 he joined the Metropolitan Opera. He became world-famous for a wide range of German, French and Italian roles. Vickers' huge, powerful voice and solid technique met the demands of many French, German and Italian roles. He was also highly regarded for his powerful stage presence and thoughtful characterizations. (Conversely, he was sometimes criticized for "scooping"--beginning a note below pitch and then sliding up to the correct pitch--and for "crooning".)

In 1968 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Vickers received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in 1998.

Vickers studied with George Lambert at The Royal Conservatory of Music and sang professionally in Canada from the early- to mid-1950s. His international career began with his 1957 Covent Garden Riccardo in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. He continued to appear there into the 1980s, putting his personal stamp on the roles of Énée in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Radamès in Verdi's Aida and the title role in his Don Carlos, Handel's Samson, Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, Tristan in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and the title role in Britten's Peter Grimes. Some critics praised Vickers' Tristan as the best since Lauritz Melchior's.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Vesti la giubba Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.17-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio
2Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
3Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
4Celeste Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
5Recondita armonia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi
6Pur ti miro Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.09

Type: duetVoice: cT/S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nerone/Poppea
7La fleur que tu m'avais jetee (Flower Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: José/Carmen
8Ah! si ben mio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
9Il mio tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
10E la solita storia del pastore Popularity:

Opera: ArlesianaComposer: CileaAct: 2.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Federico
11Cielo e mar Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo
12Mario Cavaradossi? Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/A Jailer
13Dio che nell'alma infondere Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
14M'appari, tutt'amor Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
15C'est toi C'est moi Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.14

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
16No Pagliaccio non son Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 2.07-1

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Canio/Silvio
17Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
18Parle-moi de ma mere Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: José/Micaëla
19O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
20Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
21Mir ist so wunderbar Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
22Niun mi tema Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello
23Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
24Come un bel di maggio Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
25Ma se m'e forza perderti Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo
26Amfortas die Wunde Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Parsifal
27Meco all'altar di venere Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione
28Un detto un sol Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Carlo
29La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames
30Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
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