John Kaneklides, Danieli
Hailed by Opera News as “the very picture of youthful optimism and potential,” John Kaneklides’ “tenor voice cuts through all others with its richness and warmth” (Broadway World). Known for his English language interpretation of opera and new works, he recently made his Carnegie Hall debut performing World Premières by renowned composer, Georgia Shreve, as well as his National Sawdust debut in Ms. Shreve’s Dialogues of the Travelers. He created the double role of The Guide turned Narciso Borgia in the World Première of Harold Blumenfeld’s Borgia Infami with Winter Opera St. Louis and has portrayed Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Micah in Floyd’s Slow Dusk, and Villers, in the New York Première of Floyd’s Prince of Players.
Mr. Kaneklides recently reprised the role of Alfredo in La traviata, the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Rodolfo in La bohème. For his debut in Les contes d’Hoffmann with St. Petersburg Opera, The Tampa Bay Times said, “[he] makes for a mesmerizing lead as the poet Hoffmann, equipped with matinee idol looks and an electric sound that continues to surprise.” In his reprisal of the role with Skylight Music Theatre, critics hailed his performance as “breathtakingly sublime” (Broadway World).
His other repertoire includes Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Guido in Eine florentinische Tragöde, Jeník in The Bartered Bride, Nemorino in L’elisire d’amore, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cassio in Otello, Pong in Turandot, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has also performed Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, for which Broadway World exclaimed, “Kaneklides is a sensation... whenever he sings, his glorious voice makes the audience melt."
He has also performed the tenor solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah. This season Mr. Kaneklides will reprise the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with Choral Artists of Sarasota, after having performed it with The Florida Orchestra, and sing the tenor solos in Britten’s A Wedding Anthem with the Asheville Symphony Chorus.
Mr. Kaneklides has participated in the young artist programs of Bel Canto at Caramoor and Opera North. He has received awards and honors from several competitions, such as The International Liederkranz Foundation Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Arkansas & South Carolina District, The Orpheus National Competition, The Opera Guild of Charlotte Competition, and The Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition.