Tenor John Zuckerman has earned critical acclaim as an exciting and passionate interpreter of the Italian bel canto repertoire. His wide range and vocal flexibility allow him to tackle some of the most difficult and virtuosic roles in all of opera, including those roles created by such legendary tenors as Rubini, Nozzari, and David.
In the 2011-2012 season he joins the new Ensemble at Theater Dortmund, where he will sing such roles as Alessandro in Cavalli's L'Eliogabalo, Camille in Die Lustige Witwe, and Obdjah in Elijah.
In 2010-2011 he sang Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. He will spend the remainder of the season at the Salzburger Landestheater to sing Nemorino in L'Elisìr d'Amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and the title role in Vivaldi's Farnace. He will also return to the Rossini Opera Festival to sing Dormont in La Scala di Seta in the summer of 2011. He made his European debut in the 2009-2010 season as Teseo in Benedetto Marcello's Arianna and as Pratt in Floyd's The Passion of Jonathan Wade at the Salzburger Landestheater. Earlier in the season he sang Acis in Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Chicago Cultural Center , Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Delaware and Tonio in La Fille du Régiment in Hong Kong.
In 2007 he made his international debut with the New Israeli Opera as Libenskoff in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims. He also sang Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Duluth Festival Opera, Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Anchorage Opera, Anfinomo in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse with Opera Vivente, and the cover performance in the title of Rossini's Otello with Opera Orchestra of New York, where he had the honor of being the cover for both Ramon Vargas and Bruce Ford.
In 2008 he reprised his Almaviva for Dayton Opera's Barbiere and his Nemorino for Elgin Opera's L'Elisìr d'Amore, roles he debuted in 2004 and 2005 with West Bay Opera and Baltimore Opera, respectively. Later, in the 2008-2009 season he sang his first Tonio in La Fille
du Régiment with Lyric Opera San Diego, his first Arturo in Bellini's I Puritani with Opera Company of Brooklyn, and made his Virginia Opera debut as Almaviva. In 2006 he joined the New York City Opera roster to cover Victorin in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt and also made his debut with Lyric Opera San Diego as Ramiro in La Cenerentola, where he returned to sing Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He also covered Barry Banks as Arturo in I Puritani at the Caramoor Festival and made his Carnegie Hall debut in Mozart's Coronation Mass.
Other roles he has sung include Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri, Dorvil in Rossini's La Scala di Seta, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Prince Charming in Viardot's Cendrillon, Prunier in La Rondine, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Beppe in Pagliacci, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.
In 2004, John debuted with the Baltimore Opera while a member of the Baltimore Opera Studio as Second Jew in Salome while understudying the role of Narraboth in the same opera. He also sang Remendado in Carmen, Nathanael/Cochénille in Les Contes d'Hoffman, and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro.
In his life before opera, John appeared as the twins Zandor and Shandar in the independent sci-fi spoof Starslyderz, which was lauded by Variety as the "greatest backyard film ever made."
A native of Southern California, John studied voice at Manhattan School of Music and the University of Southern California, where he also studied composition. He participated in young artist programs at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Tanglewood, Caramoor, and the Baltimore Opera Studio, and has received additional training at the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, the Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy, and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro.