An accomplished singer on both the operatic and concert stage, baritone John Salvi has performed extensively throughout the Northeast United States as well as Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Canada. Mr. Salvi’s clear and agile baritone voice has been hailed as “stentorian” by many and has been heard in renowned Massachusetts concert venues such as the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the Academy of Music in Northampton, Symphony Hall in Springfield in addition to The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York.
John’s keen interest in new music has led to creating the role of Arosen in the 2004 world premiere of Paula Kimper’s opera The Captivation of Eunice Williams and to his performance in the 2009 world premiere of Carson Cooman’s oratorio The Acts of the Apostles at Harvard University. Mr. Salvi’s 2010 performance of Barber’s Dover Beach in the celebrated Mohawk Trail Summer Concert Series in Charlemont, Massachusetts, received numerous accolades where one critic wrote, “His way of singing was real and straight to the heart.” In 2011, John was invited to perform the role of Halligan in workshop performances of Eric Sawyer’s new opera The Garden of Martyrs at Amherst College.
For nearly two decades, John has appeared as a guest artist with opera companies and choral societies throughout New England including Connecticut Opera, Opera Boston, Opera North, Commonwealth Opera, Granite State Opera, Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Newton Choral Society, Hampshire Choral Society, South Hadley Chorale, and The Keene Chorale. He has performed under the batons of many prominent conductors including Willie Anthony Waters, Gil Rose, Kevin Rhodes, and Ian Watson.
Performances from Mr. Salvi’s diverse 2015-16 season included performances of Fauré’s Requiem and Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Hampshire Choral Society. Highlights of John’s 2016-17 season include performances of Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht and Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with The Keene Chorale, Mozart’s Credo Mass, KV 257 and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the South Hadley Chorale, and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with The Assabet Valley Mastersingers.
Mr. Salvi has received numerous awards and honors for his singing including The Connecticut Opera Guild Competition and The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His teachers and coaches have included Paulina Stark, Jon Humphrey, Nikki Stoia, Beth Parker, Edward Jones, and Bradley Pennington. John is a Massachusetts native and studied voice at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.