John Tibbetts | baritone

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Fall 2018: Tibbetts toured Virginia schools in an outreach 

production of L'elisr d'amore with 2019 JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship recipient Kaley Smith while covering Belcore. Under Adam Turner's tenure, Tibbetts made his Virginia Opera Debut in a double bill performing the role of cheating boyfriend Beau in Service Provider  by  Weiss & John de los Santos and Sam in Breaking, highlighting the pressures of producers during the age modern age of the 24-hour news cycle by Michael Gilbertson (2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist) & Caroline V. McGraw in addition to Kahene's Neurotic and Lonely from Craigslistlieder. 


2019 Marc & Eva Stern Fellow, Tibbetts at Songfest, featured in masterclasses with Susan Graham and James Conlon

at Zipper Hall, Colburn School


Other engagements include Il conte Robinson in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto with Queen City Opera, and 2nd prisoner in Fidelio Cincinnati Opera. Other roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, John Procter in The Crucible, John Brooke in Little Women,  Il Signor Bruschino in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino, Pandolfe in Massanet's Cendrillon, and the 1971 opera with text by Anne Sexton and music by Conrad Susa, Transformations.


North Florida baritone and 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition Finalist, John Tibbetts is a frequent recitalist and contender in the arena of concert and opera. He stands apart with his flexible lyric baritone and mature realizations of text. 



Palm Beach Opera

Il Barbiere di Siviglia 


"Also unexpectedly rich voiced was John Tibbetts ... who got the proceedings off to a good start with reverberating tones"

 (The Palm Beach Post)


"As Fiorello, the baritone John Tibbetts gave an adept, well-characterized performance."

(South Florida Classical Review). 

  • 2019-2020 With Palm Beach Opera

As Beneson Young Artist, Tibbetts sings the Captain in Eugene Onegin, covered Figaro in the mainstage Il barbiere di Siviglia & sang Fiorello.

He also sang Figaro in a children's performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the orchestra under the baton of Greg Ritchey. Tibbetts also covered the role of Ping in Turandot.

  • 2019 Marullo Cover & Fall Apprentice

in Sarasota Opera's production of Rigoletto, and sang at a variety of concerts and scenes performances.

  • 2019 Role Debut as Schaunard

in Puccini's La Boheme with Cleveland Opera Theater. Scott Skiba director, Domenico Boyagian conductor.

  • 2019 Encrantz Fellow

Made his role debut as Escamillo in at the Hilo Palace Theater singing in The Tragedy of Carmen directed by Scott Skiba and conducted by Jennifer Tung music by Bizet&Brook. Singing the role of Harry in Sondheim's Company.

  • 2019 Stern Fellowship

Tibbetts debuted the cycle "Feeling the world as it passes through you" by MARTIN HENNESSY and performed on a series of masterclasses and concerts.​

This highly anticipated 2019 spring season ended on a high note with the full complement of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Tibbetts made his role debut as Le Doncaïro in Bizet’s Carmen alongside legendary mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. This was Steven Smith’s conclusory performance as the symphony’s conductor.






















As Yasha the Violinist in Marc Blitzstein's historic

The Cradle Will Rock, Tibbetts can be found on 

Bridge Records' CD with acclaimed conductor John Mauceri.





The Georgia State Alum returned to his Alma Mater this April and collaborated with local Venezuelan film director Genesis Aries to commemorate 100 years of Bernstein in Carroll Freeman's adaptation of CANDIDE under the baton of Michael Palmer from the Bellingham Festival; Tibbetts performed Adam in Hadyn's Creation with Maestro Palmer in 2015 alongside bass Morris Robinson.

In May 2019, Tibbetts toured his home state of Georgia performing with acclaimed duo-organist Ray Chenault, former Organist Choirmaster at All-Saints Episcopal, Atlanta. They stunned audiences with their program "Broadway, Spirituals, and More!" in Atlanta and south Georgia.

Formerly a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with the Virginia Opera, Tibbetts developed the series with Ray in recital at St Paul's Episcopal Church in King George, Virginia while making his role debut as The Official Registrar and covering Sharpless, Prince Yamadori, and The Official Commissioner in Madama Butterfly.

Tibbetts returned to Opera Saratoga last summer to revive David T Little's 2010 Vinkensport/TheFinch Opera  an "Immaculately cast" (WSJ 2018) production, while covering Danilo Danilovitch and singing Cascada  in Lehar's The Merry Widow

an artist "worthy of mention"(OPERA Magazine).

Tibbetts made in New York City Debut at the Merkin Center premiering Andy Tierstein's The Tree of Eternal Life 

with American Lyric Theater in April 2018.


Tibbetts made his professional opera debut with Kentucky Opera February 2018 singing Fiorello in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Megan Marino, John Irvin (Georgia State Alum) and Will Liverman, while touring local schools and performing for disabled and homebound adults. Later that March, Tibbetts made his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut singing the songs of Aaron Copland. 

Tibbetts sang Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the  Atlanta Master Chorale in May 2017. Following that fall, Tibbetts sang Haydn's The Creation with The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society in NY, and Orff's Carmina Burana with      NY Choral Society.


He has also sung Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Rückert-Lieder, Adam in The Creation, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Missa brevis in F Major, and Mack Wilberg’s Requiem

In January 2017 Tibbetts was a fellow at SongFest at the Hidden Valley Music Festival under the mentorship of Sir Thomas Allen and Graham Johnson. Alongside narration from Mr. Allen and Mr. Johnson, Tibbetts made his National Public Radio debut with selections from Schubert’s 

Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise

No stranger to contemporary works, Tibbetts also performed Libby Larson's The Curious Case of H.H. Holmes while in Cincinnati.

In 2015 Tibbetts was a Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Competition Finalist and a recipient of the Georgia District Metropolitan Opera Competition Encouragement Award.​ 


He was a Gerdine artist with Opera Theater St. Louis, apprentice with Opera Saratoga, Kentucky Opera, and Central City Opera.

Tibbetts received his masters from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Baritone William McGraw and his received his bachelors in music from Georgia State University while working with Tenor Richard Clement. He currently studies with renowned Bass Kevin Langan.

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