Jon Vickers

Legends of Lyric Tenor

Jon Vickers
Legends of Lyric

Bio

Jon Vickers

The Canadian tenor Jon Vickers (1926 – 2015) riveted audiences with the blazing intensity of his portrayals. He was memorable in every performance he gave at Lyric in 10 roles during 13 seasons. Nearly all of them were among the most formidable roles in the repertoire and were signature roles for Vickers, from Otello and Tristan to Samson and Peter Grimes. His voluminous sound and his consuming involvement in his characterizations made him a unique, enormously sought-after artist worldwide.

Listen to George Preston’s tribute to Jon Vickers:




Jon Vickers's Roles at Lyric



1960



Siegmund 

Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Nov. 21


1961



Andrea Chénier 
Andrea Chenier
Umberto Giordano
Oct. 20, 25, 28

Florestan 

Fidelio
Ludwig von Beethoven
Nov. 13, 17, 22


1963



Riccardo 

Un ballo in maschera
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 18 

Florestan 
Fidelio
Ludwig von Beethoven
Oct. 23, 26; Nov. 1

Otello 
Otello
Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 2, 8, 13


1965



Samson 
Samson et Dalila
Camille Saint-Saëns
Nov. 3, 5, 8, 13


1966



Otello
Otello
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 10, 14, 19, 22

Soloist
Callas: An International Celebration
Dec. 11


1974



Peter Grimes 
Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten
Sept. 30; Oct. 4, 7, 10, 12, 15


1975



Florestan
Fidelio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Oct. 29; Nov. 1, 4, 7, 10, 14


1977



Peter Grimes 
Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten
Oct. 15, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31; Nov. 3 (matinee), 5

Singer 
Maria Callas Tribute
Concert
Nov. 1


1979



Tristan 
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner
Nov. 15, 20, 26; Dec. 1, 5, 10, 14 


1981



Florestan 
Fidelio
Ludwig von Beethoven
Nov. 7, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 28; Dec. 1


1982



Tristan 
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner
Sept. 20, 25, 29; Oct. 4, 8, 12, 15

Canio
I pagliacci
Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Nov. 3, 6, 9, 13, 16, 19, 22
Chicago presentation by Mrs. Norman R. Hanson.


1986



Parsifal 
Parsifal
Richard Wagner
Oct. 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 25, 30

.Jon Vickers as Samson.SAMSON ET DALILA.Lyric, 1965.photo by David H. Fishman
Jon Vickers as Samson. Samson et Dalila. Lyric, 1965. Photo by David H. Fishman.

 

 

 


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