Vickers, Jon


Signed photo of the Canadian heldentenor as Canio in “Pagliacci”



Autograph ID: 5010
Condition: Very good, tiny light spot at lower right
Description: “(1926-2015) Canadian heldentenor. In 1950, he was awarded a scholarship to study opera at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1957 he joined London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden company. In 1960 he joined the Metropolitan Opera. He became world famous for a wide range of German, French and Italian roles. He was also highly regarded for his powerful stage presence and thoughtful characterizations. In 1968 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.Vickers studied with George Lambert at The Royal Conservatory of Music and sang professionally in Canada from the early- to mid-1950s. His international career began with his 1957 Covent Garden Riccardo in Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera”. He continued to appear there into the 1980s. He debuted at the Bayreuth Festival in 1958 as Siegmund in “Die Walküre” and sang “Parsifal” there in 1964. His debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1960 was Canio in “Pagliacci”. He appeared at the Met for 22 seasons in 277 performances of 17 roles, including Florestan in “Fidelio”, Siegmund, Don Jose in “Carmen”, Radamès in “Aida”, Erik in “The Flying Dutchman”, Herman in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades”, the Samsons of both Handel and Saint-Saëns, Otello, Don Alvaro in “La forza del destino”, Peter Grimes, Énée in “Les Troyens”, Tristan, Laca in “Jenufa”, Vasek in “The Bartered Bride”, and “Parsifal”, giving his farewell in 1987. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London he sang Tristan, Peter Grimes, Handel’s Samson, and, Énée. He sang Nerone in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at the Paris Opéra, plus Alvaro in “La forza del destino” at the Met (1975). His roles also included Don Carlos, Andrea Chenier, Herod in “Salome”, Giasone in “Medea” (with Maria Callas in the title role), Pollione in “Norma” and such rarely heard parts as Cellini in Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini”, Ratan-Sen in Roussel’s “Padmavati” and Sergei in Shostakovitch’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”. He starred in made-for-tv films of “Pagliacci” & “Otello”, both conducted by Karajan, and premiered the 1978 season of Live from the Met with “Otello” He also sang at Milan’s La Scala, as well as in the major opera houses of Chicago, San Francisco, Vienna and at the Salzburg Festival. He retired in 1988.

Vintage b&w 5 ½ x 3 ½ postcard-size SP as Canio in Pagliacci, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden photo.”
Type: Photograph

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