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John Wright (Tenor)

Born: May 14, 1966 - Rome, Georgia, USA

The American tenor, John Wesley Wright, studied at Berry Academy in Rome, Georgia (1981-1983). He holds degrees from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee (1983-1987) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (1987-2014). He is gold medalist and top prizewinner of the Savannah Music Festival American Traditions Vocal Competition 2000. He has also claimed top prizes from the National Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Bel Canto Regional Artists, Ohio's Vocal Resource Network Art Song Competition, and the International Schubert Competition in Vienna, Austria.

John Wright is known for his artistic and soulful interpretations of music from Baroque to Broadway. In addition to singing a nationally televised Christmas Eve concert at the Royal Palace for the Belgian Royal Family, he has performed in opera houses, concert halls, and festivals throughout the USA, Europe, and Japan. With a host of opera and oratorio roles, art songs, spirituals, and cabaret music in his repertoire, his current season includes performances of George Frideric Handel's Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestras; Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings at James Madison University and the University of Georgia; engagements at the Metropolitan Choral Festival of Detroit; and tours with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.

John Wright is highlighted in the PBS documentary film, The Spirituals: Featuring The American Spiritual Ensemble, released nationally in February 2007. Special guest artist for the 2006 Mississippi Music Teachers Association, he is an active vocal consultant, clinician, and leader of workshops on "Singing in the African American Tradition" in schools, churches, and colleges. he served eight years as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Dayton and now resides in Salisbury, Marylandwhere he is Instructor of Voice at Salisbury University. He currently lives in Salisbury, Maryland.

Source: American Spiritual Ensdemble Website; John Wesley Wright profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Member of Amsterdam Baroque Choir:
Cantatas Vol. 9 (1998): CD-1:
BWV 48, BWV 154, BWV 138, BWV 173a; CD-2: BWV 37, BWV 153, BWV 166, BWV 86, BWV 70; CD-3: BWV 66, BWV 194
Cantatas Vol. 10 (1998): CD-1:
BWV 119, BWV 134, BWV 44, BWV 73; CD-2: BWV 20, BWV 2, BWV 101; CD-3: BWV 180, BWV 130, BWV 134a
Cantatas Vol. 11 (1999): CD-1:
BWV 127, BWV 5, BWV 94; CD-2: BWV 41, BWV 7, BWV 139; CD-3: BWV 115, BWV 113, BWV 10
Cantatas Vol. 19 (1999): CD-3:
BWV 193
Cantatas Vol. 21 (1999): CD-3::
BWV 191

Links to other Sites

American Spiritual Ensemble: Voices
John Wesley Wright on Facebook

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