Jon Vickers (tenor)

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Jonathan Stewart Vickers, CC (October 29, 1926 – July 10, 2015), known professionally as Jon Vickers, was a Canadian heldentenor.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he was the sixth in a family of eight children. In 1950, he was awarded a scholarship to study opera at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1957 Vickers 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. Vickers' huge, powerful voice and solid technique met the demands of many French, German 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 received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in 1998.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Aïda Verdi; Price, Vickers, Gorr, Merrill, Tozzi, Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Solti conducting 3
1984 Das Lied von der Erde Mahler; Jessye Norman, Jon Vickers, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1987 Otello G. Verdi;Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, Peter Glossop, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin,Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner; Berliner Philharmoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Herbert von Karajan, Vickers, Dernesch, Ludwig, Berry, Ridderbusch 1
1988 Fidelio Beethoven; Dernesch, Vickers, Kelemen, Ridderbusch, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1989 Fidelio Beethoven; Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, Gottlob Frick, Walter Berry, Gerhard Unger, Franz Crass, Ingeborg Hallstein, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Klemperer 5
1997 Medea Luigi Cherubini; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Nicola Rescigno, Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto 1
1999 Peter Grimes Britten; Jon Vickers, Heather Harper, Jonathan Summers, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 2
2002 Die Walküre Richard Wagner; Nilsson, Vickers, London, Erich Leinsdorf 1
2005 Les Troyens Hector Berlioz; Jon Vickers, Josephine Veasey, Berit Lindholm, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 1
2008 Medea Luigi Cherubini; M. Callas, J. Vickers, T. Berganza, N. Zaccaria, E. Carron, Nicola Rescigno 1
Otello Verdi; Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Tito Gobbi, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Tullio Serafin 1

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