IN Series presents, to inaugurate the INVision Virtual Opera House, Artistic Director Timothy Nelson’s reimagining of Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fittingly combining the two into A Fairy Queen, an episodic podcast opera in the style of a classic radio drama, with John as the narrator. The show premieres on the virtual opera house on September 12, and The Play’s the Thing, an hour-long musical preview of the production, will be on Music in Maryland on WBJC on September 5. Click all the links for more info!
On June 29th at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the Bethesda Summer Music Festival presents Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with John in the principal bass role of Sarastro. There are two performances that day, at 2:30 and 7:30. He will also appear in an art song recital and a preview show for the opera on June 22nd.
John returns to Bel Cantanti Opera to sing the role of Vasily Sobakin in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tsar’s Bride.
Saturday, May 11, at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 12, at 3:00pm
Saturday, May 18, at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19, at 3:00pm
Location: Randolph Road Theater – 4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD. Tickets are available here.
“[T]he Ghost Chorus deserves a nod, as well as the chorus for the Norwegian sailors, the Dutchman’s crew and the young women in Senta’s scene in Act 2. I thought the entire production was impressive and well-orchestrated.” Read More
“On Friday and Sunday, audiences in Baltimore will get a chance to check out Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Holländer” in concert performance. Todd Thomas takes on the title role with Alexandra LoBianco as Senta and Justin Hopkins as Daland. Erik will be interpreted by Dane Suarez with James Harp conducting and performing the piano throughout the performance. It isn’t how we usually hear Wagner, but a more intimate musical setting is bound to create a unique experience.” Read More
On March 1st and 3rd, I appear in Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of The Flying Dutchman as part of the chorus. Performances take place at the Engineers Club: 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore MD 21201.
“All eight singers have their moments to shine throughout. The octet is so good that I feel obligated to name each of them individually: Brian Arreola (tenor), Peter Burroughs (tenor), Anamer Castrello (mezzo), Natalie Conte (soprano), Teresa Ferrara (soprano), Bryan Jackson (bass), Elizabeth Mondragon (mezzo), and John T.K. Scherch (bass). Harmonies remain tight for the entirety and while the boisterous Requiem’s score can feel overwhelming in the intimate Source Theater, it is the kind of overwhelming feeling that wraps you in the intricacies of Verdi’s work. It’s a surprisingly welcome sensation.”
Photo: Colin Stanley Hovde
The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette reviewed The In Series’ Viva V.E.R.D.I.: The Promised End. The show runs for the next two weekends, plus a Wednesday night performance on September 19.
Verdi’s name* became the battle-cry of an entire revolution. Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this season-opener, a unique imagining of the Bard’s King Lear, alongside the composer’s towering Requiem. Heart-stopping melodies and breathtaking choruses reveal Verdi at the moment of his death, weighing fragments of his life, telling the story of the opera Lear which he never finished, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging process. Acclaimed conductor/composer/pianist Paul Leavitt and eight opera singers distill this music to its fiery spiritual core. Steven Scott Mazzola directs this world-premiere piece written by In Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson. With designs by Jonathan Dahm Robertson (Scenic), Marianne Meadows (Lighting), and Maria Bissex (Costumes).
Starring Helen Hayes Award Winner, Nanna Ingvarsson as Verdi/Lear.
The Ensemble includes:
John T.K. Scherch
Sung in Latin & English with English dialogue.
1835 14th Street NW – Washington DC 20009
U Street-Cardozo Metro (Green line)
Street & Garage parking available
Seniors (65+): $40
Young Professional: $25
On April 28th, I will be competing in the Annapolis Opera 30th Annual Vocal Competition Semi-Finals. The event will be held at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is free and open to the public.
Semi-Finals: Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 AM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD
Bel Cantanti Opera Company presents the Offenbach classic Les contes d’Hoffmann this March. John will be singing the roles of Luther and Crespel, as well as appearing as a robot and a character resembling La traviata’s Marchese D’Obigny (during the Giulietta act). Here’s the cast list so you can get to know everyone else!
Hoffmann – Lindell O. Carter
Stella/Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta – Mizuho Takeshita
Lindorf/Coppeliús/Miracle/Dapertutto – Cody Müller
Muse/Nicklausse/Ghost – Claire Galloway Weber
Andres/Nathanaël/Spalanzani/Frantz/Pittichinaccio – Michael Dodge
Luther/Crespel – John T.K. Scherch
Hermann/Schlemil – Eric Gramatges
Performances will be Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available here.