- John Janssen

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John Janssen was born in Weert, the Netherlands, as son of a German mother and Belgian father. At the Conservatory of Maastricht he studied piano (Jo Dusseldorp) and voice (Hans-Günther Grimm). For voice he obtained the "Prix d'Excellence". 1977 he was engaged at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen. Here he could build up a respectable repertoire. 1982 Wolfgang Sawallisch engaged him at the Nationaltheater of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He sang there the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni and many other baritone-roles. For his Adriano in Wagner's Rienzi Janssen got the Festival Price and was chosen Singer of the Year. Soon he sang as a guest at the state operas of Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna. Next to his activity as an opera singer Janssen loves to sing song recitals and concerts. Also he teaches voice and gave several master classes at the Weber State University in Utah, U.S.A., at the Liceo Artistico in Zürich and also at the International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy. To the many conductors with whom John Janssen cooperated belong Wolfgang Sawallisch and Carlos Kleiber.
Education Conservatory of Maastricht - Jo Dusseldorp, piano - Mya Besselinck and Hans-Günther Grimm, voice - Prof. Wolfgang Trommer, interpretation
Debut 1977, Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Awards 1981 "Prix d'Excellence" for Voice, Conservatory, Maastricht, NL / 1983 Festspielpreis of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich / 1984 Singer of the year - Munich
Engagement in 1982 at the Nationaltheater of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Debut as Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro next to Margaret Price, Lucia Popp and Hermann Prey, with Wolfgang Sawallisch as conductor, in a staging of Günther Rennert
Guestings Hamburgische Staatsoper/Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin/Wiener Staatsoper/Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro/Teatro La Fenice, Venezia/Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm/Staatstheater, Wiesbaden/Wuppertaler Bühnen/Theater, Basel/Theater der Stadt, Bern/Det Kongelige Teater, Kopenhagen/Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania/La Zarzuela, Madrid/Teatro Verdi, Mantova - Sassari/Canadian Opera Company, Toronto/Bienàle Festivalu, Ostrava (CZ)
Conductors Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlos Kleiber, Gary Bertini, Ferdinand Leitner, Will Humburg, Bernhard Klee, Roderick Brydon, Pierre Cao, Yoram David, Kurt Eichhorn, Carlo Franci, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Heinrich Hollreiser, Jun Märkl, Uwe Mund, Arnold Östmann, Hennie Ramaekers, Ljubomir Romansky, Julius Rudel, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Beaujean, Wolfgang Trommer, Emil Tchakarov, Laurent Wagner, Stefan Wehr, Hans Zöbeley and many others.
Voiceteacher Casalmaggiore International Festival, Italy / Weber State University in Utah, U.S.A - Masterclasses / Liceo Artistico in Zürich - Masterclasses / private lessons.
Concerts, Oratorio and Song-recitals Gasteig, Herculessaal and Sankt Petrus Kirche, Munich, Germany / Schumannhaus, Bonn, Germany / Eglise Saint Lazare, Autun, France / Basilique, Véselay, France / Teatro La Fenice, Venezia, Italy / Kathedrale, Brussels, Belgium / Sint-Gilliskerk, Brugge, Belgium / Sint-Paulskerk, Antwerpen, Belgium / Grote Kerk, Apeldoorn en Deventer, Holland / Sint Pauluskerk, Antwerpen, Belgium / Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, U.S.A. / Auditorium Maximum, Ruhruniversität, Bochum, Germany / Forum, Leverkusen, Germany / Collegio Borromeo, Pavia, Italy / Parma Lirica, Italy / Chiesa San Benedetto, Crema, Italy / Pallazzo Ducale, Colorno, Italy /  Rodahal, Kerkrade, Holland / Sankt Nicolai Kirche, Kiel, Germany / Schloss Blumenstein, Solothurn, Switserland / Liceo Artistico, Zürich/Duomo, Cremona, Italy / Bonbonnière, Maastricht, Holland / Sint-Martinuskerk, Weert, Holland / Schouwburg, Heerlen, Holland and many more.

Don Giovanni, Solingen - Foto Stefanie Kusemann
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