Tenor John Pickle is quickly making a name for himself, most recently for his portrayals of Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, a role he debúted with Los Angeles Opera. Of a performance as the jilted hunter with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Kansas City Star raved, “Pickle’s emotionally wrought characterization drove this [performance] even harder home than usual.” In recent seasons, Mr. Pickle also enjoyed performances as Erik with Utah Festival Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. This season, Pickle will be performing Canio in Pagliacci with Opera Memphis, Verdi’s Requiem with Opera Grand Rapids, the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Dayton Opera, Mahler’s Das Lied von de Erde with the Dayton Philharmonic, and the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus at Florentine Opera.
Favorite engagements from recent seasons also include Canio in Pagliacci with Michigan Opera Theatre; Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera and Don José in Carmen with Opera Tampa; Radamés in Aïda with Dayton Opera; Turiddu and Canio in Opera Delaware’s double-bill production of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci; and the title role in Candide with Fresno Grand Opera. Mr. Pickle has also performed Cavaradossi in Tosca with Townsend Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Florida Grand Opera, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut Mobile Opera, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Long Bay Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Pickle is an established talent on symphonic concert and recital stages throughout the country. He made his Houston Symphony début this year as the tenor soloist in Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Additional concert engagements this past season included the tenor solo in Verdi’s Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Lima Symphony; the tenor soloist in a Night of Verdi Hits concert with the Santa Barbara Symphony; Viva Verdi! concerts with Lyric Opera of Virginia; Missa Solemnis with Utah Festival Opera; Handel’s Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall; a Gala Concert at Northern Oklahoma College conducted by Gerald Steichen; a Valentine’s Day Concert with Northwest Arkansas Symphony; and a concert of opera arias entitled “Are we really 30?” at St. Bart’s Music Festival conducted by Steven Mercurio.
He made his Carnegie Hall début in 2008 performing Schubert’s Mass in G Major and the Mozart Requiem conducted by John Rutter, and performed the Mozart Requiem in the famed hall again in 2012. Additionally, he performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra; Händel’s Messiah with Greater Trenton Choral Society; Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with New Jersey Choral Society; Orff’s Carmina Burana with Cobb Symphony Orchestra and Long Bay Symphony; Bach’s St. John Passion with Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra; Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Gotham City Baroque Orchestra; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with First Congregational Church of Akron’s Concert Series; Rossini’s ironically titled Petite messe solennelle with Stonington Choral Society; Haydn’s Heiligmesse and the world première of Ed Lojeski’s Psalms of Passover with the New Jersey and Connecticut Choral Societies; and Gabriello Chiaramantesi/Un Cantore in Giordano’s rarely performed La cena delle beffe with Teatro Grattacielo in Alice Tully Hall.
Previous engagements include performing Cavaradossi in Tosca, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Calaf in Turandot, and a Gala Concert for Mobile Opera; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Grand Rapids; Rodolfo in La bohème for Baltimore Concert Opera; the Duke in Rigoletto with Center City Opera Theater; Manrico in Il trovatore and BRAVO! An Opera Celebration with Intermountain Opera Bozeman; a Giordano Gala and a production of Ricitelli’s I Compagnacci for Teatro Grattacielo; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Southwest; Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall; and Judge Danforth in The Crucible with Utah Festival Opera. Of a performance as Rodolfo, critics raved: “John Pickle brings a resilient, wonderfully placed sound and a sensitive musicality to Rodolfo that embraces each nuance of this rich score with an enviable mix of delicacy and strength.”
Additional recent engagements include Florentine Opera’s Gala Concert, an opera highlights concert with the Jefferson City Symphony; Victor Herbert’s 150th Birthday Celebration with Little Orchestra Society; a series of concerts entitled J’aime Paris Opéra! with the Las Colinas, Arlington, and Garland Symphonies; and a concert of opera’s greatest hits with Opera Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic.
Mr. Pickle has also been featured on several operetta recordings for the Albany Records and Newport Classic labels. These include Alexius in The Chocolate Soldier by Oscar Straus, Barry O’Day in Eileen, Captain Dick in Naughty Marietta and Lieutenant Karl in Sweethearts all by Victor Herbert; Prince Radjami in The Bayadere by Emerich Kalman; Schubert in Das Dreimäderlhaus by Franz Schubert and The Duke in Eine Nacht in Venedig by Johann Strauss.