- 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 Janssen became 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.

° City of birth: Weert, the Netherlands
German-Belgian parents
° Education:
Conservatory of Maastricht
Jo Dusseldorp, piano
Mya Besselinck and Hans-Günther Grimm, voice
Prof. Wolfgang Trommer, interpretation
° 1977 debut at the Musiktheater im RevierGelsenkirchen.
° 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
° 1982 Engagement 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 - Hamburg
Staatsoper Unter den Linden - Berlin
Staatstheater - Wiesbaden
Wuppertaler Bühnen - Wuppertal
Theater - Basel
Theater der Stadt - Bern
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Teatro Municipal - Rio de Janeiro
Teatro La Fenice - Venezia
Drottningholms Slottsteater - Stockholm
Det Kongelige Teater - Kopenhagen
Teatro Massimo Bellini - Catania
La Zarzuela - Madrid
Teatro Verdi - Mantova und Sassari
Canadian Opera Company - Toronto
Bienàle Festivalu - Ostrava (CZ)
° Conductors:
Thomas Beaujean, Wolfgang Trommer, Gary Bertini, Roderick Brydon, Pierre Cao, Yoram David, Kurt Eichhorn, Carlo Franci, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Heinrich Hollreiser, Will Humburg, Bernhard Klee, Carlos Kleiber, Ferdinand Leitner, Jun Märkl, Uwe Mund, Arnold Östmann, Georg Prêtre, Hennie Ramaekers, Ljubomir Romansky, Julius Rudel, Donald Runnicles, Wolfgang Sawallisch, 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 - Song-recitals:
Gasteig, München, Germany
Herculessaal, München, Germany
Sankt Petrus Kirche, München , Germany
Schumannhaus, Bonn, Germany
Eglise Saint Lazare, Autun, France
Basilique, Véselay, France
Teatro La Fenice, Venezia, Italy
Kathedrale, Brussel, 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, Parma, Italy
Chiesa San Benedetto, Crema, Italy
Pallazzo Ducale, Colorno, Italy
Rodahal, Kerkrade, Holland
Sankt Nicolai Kirche, Kiel, Germany
Schloss Blumenstein, Solothurn, Switzerland
Liceo Artistico, Zürich
Duomo, Cremona, Italy
Bonbonnière, Maastricht, Holland
Sint-Martinuskerk, Weert, Holland
and many others.
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