Voice – Special Guest Artist
One of the leading heldentenors of his generation, John Charles Pierce has sung in houses and concert halls around the world. His interpretation of the role of Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, a pinnacle of the tenor repertoire, has been the pillar of his career. His first engagement was at the Brandenburg State Opera House in Cottbus, Germany, where he sang for ten years. There he performed much of the important repertoire for his voice type, including Wagner’s Lohengrin, Tannhaueser, Rheingold, Walkuere and Flying Dutchman, Verdi’s Otello, Hoffmann, Freischütz, Fidelio, Jenufa, Katia Kabanova, Pique Dame, Samson and Dalilah and many others. He sang these and other roles in countless theaters all over Germany. As a contrast, he sang dozens of performances of Tony in West Side Story to acclam. The Requiems of Verdi, Dvorak and Mozart, Beethoven’s 9 Symphony, Elijah and Messiah count among the many concert works he has performed. His Tristan debut was in 2000 in Dortmund, Germay. Since then, he has sung that role in Zagreb, Prague, Poland, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Victoria- Canada and in many cities in Germany and Austria. He recently was seen as Tristan in Japan, Argentina and Manaus, in Brazil. The role of Parsifal, was added recently in Zagreb, Croatia. He has since performed it in concert in Germany, as well as with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México. Other performances in 2013 included Wagner concerts in Lima, Peru and Zagreb, Croatia. He also debuted at the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, singing the role of Erik in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Conductors he has worked with include Dirk Meyer, Valerie Gerghiev, Niksa Bareza, Anton Marek, Reinhard Petersen, Dorian Wilson, Stefan Blunier, Frank Beerman, Michael Hofstetter, Ryusuki Numajiri, Alejo Perez, Jose Arena and Luis Malheiro.