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John Fanning (version française)
Assistant professor
Voice area

Office: B-454
Tel.: 514 343-6111, poste 5591


A Member of the Order of Canada, renowned barytone John Fanning is a veteran of ten seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights there include John Plake in Sly,  Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Father in Hänsel und Gretel conducted by Sir Charles  Mackerras, Mr. Astly in The Gambler conducted by Valery Gergiev, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier and the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann conducted by James Levine. At the San Francisco Opera he was conducted by Donald Runnicles in Louise and also appeared as William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe. Appearing with all the major opera companies and Symphonies in Canada, he’s toured the United States as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, performed Belshazzer’s Feast with Roberto Minczuk and the Calgary Philharmonic and sang Oedipus Rex with Maestro Minczuk in Rio de Janeiro.

John studied at the New England Conservatory, the University of Toronto and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. He has sung many roles with the COC, including Wotan and Gunther, in their acclaimed Ring Cycle, which opened Toronto’s new opera house. In the fall of 2011 he made two significant role debuts, appearing as the title characters in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman for Pacific Opera Victoria, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for Calgary Opera. He made his English National Opera debut in 2012 as Sharpless in the Anthony Minghella production of Madama Butterfly.

For Vancouver Opera he has sung Tonio in Pagliacci and Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West,  Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Sweeney Todd for the Calgary Opera, and Falstaff for the Edmonton Opera. He performed Iago In Otello for Opera de Quebec, Opera Ontario, Manitoba Opera  and Opera Lyra and made his Spoleto USA debut as Moneybags Bill in Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny de Weill.

With L’Opéra de Montréal, he has appeared as Verdi’s Macbeth, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut and Der Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos which he has also performed at the Houston Grand Opera. He was Jokanaan in Salome for the Arizona Opera and Kentucky Opera and was featured at the New York City Opera as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman. His wide-ranging repertoire also includes Kolenaty in Makropulos Case (Vancouver Opera and Angers/Nantes Opera, France) and Casanova in Casanova’s Homecoming (Minnesota). Mr. Fanning debuted at Carnegie Hall in Strauss’ Daphne conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Mr. Fanning gives master classes at universities across Canada and has been a regular faculty member at Opera Nuova in Edmonton, Opera on the Avalon in St John's, Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton and the Banff School. Featured as Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera both on the national tour and at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto, he has been the operatic voice of many commercials, starred in an episode of CBC's Wind at my Back and was prominently featured in Norman Jewison's film, Moonstruck.