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|Canadian-American lyric tenor John
Jay Hébert has sung throughout North America as well as Europe
and Asia. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Gerald
(Lakmé) at Toronto Opera and Ubaldo Piangi (The Phantom of the
Opera) in Toronto and Asia.
John Jay created the role of Ragnar (The Scaffolding) by Martin Halpern. This marks the fourth appearance by Mr. Hebert in Halpern’s Operas. Others include The Death of Peer Gynt, The Lock of Hair and The Dwarf Trees. He also performed Remendado (Carmen) in his debut with the Connecticut Grand Opera. Additionally, John Jay performed in, directed and produced Union City Opera’s 2012 Gala concert. Linda Phillips of Greenwich Citizen Review wrote “Tenor John Jay Hebert’s voice soared, performing with notable musicality and magnificence.” Fernando Campo of El Especial wrote “A resounding bravo to tenor John Jay Hebert who sang with elegance and beauty.”
John Jay will begin the 2013-14 season singing Tamino in The Magic Flute with NYC’s Amore Opera. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Baltimore Chorale, and Cosi fan tutte and La Bohème with Union City Opera. He also performed arias in a concert for Music at the Olive in Ulster County NY.
In past seasons John Jay has sung with opera companies across Canada in such roles as Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Tonio (La Fille de Regiment), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Romeo (Romeo et Juliette), Tebaldo (I Capuletti ed I Montecchi), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Alfredo (La Traviata), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Tamino (The Magic Flute). and the title role in Werther.
As a prolific concert artist, Mr. Hébert's credits include Handel's Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and a Radio Canada live broadcast of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with Choeur Chanson de Montreal. He performs frequently with the Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Symphony, the Toronto Opera and the Toronto Operetta Theater.
On film he has appeared as Officer Down in the mini-series Robocop: Prime Directives for Fireworks Entertainment and as The Pilot in the feature film Airborne for Alliance Atlantis. He is an accredited documentary filmmaker and director, and has produced films for many well known artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Genesis, The Police, Sting, Mariah Carey, INXS and The Jonas Brothers.
Mr. Hébert is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Union City Opera and West Hudson Opera in New Jersey. This year John Jay was awarded the Mayor’s Award for outstanding artistic achievement from Union City Mayor Brian Stack.