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.


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Jon Vickers's roles at Lyric

Main Photo: Jon Vickers as Florestan in Fidelio, 1981. Photo by David H. Fishman.
Audio Photo: Jon Vickers as Samson in Samson et Dalila, 1965. Photo by David H. Fishman.