Thursday, November 22, 2007

John Relyea

John Relyea is another alumnus of the San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, who began his career singing roles on the SF Opera stage. He is rapidly making become a house favorite at the Metropolitan Opera.

He has yet to venture into barihunk territory other than the Rape of Lucretia, singing roles like the four villains in Les contes de Hoffman, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Giorgio in I Puritani, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Colline in La Bohème. But he makes the Barihunks site for his eyes alone.


  1. There was a photo of him in Opera News a couple of years ago--somehow I didn't notice if he had eyes or not.

  2. He just sang as soloist in "Belshazar's Feast" with the San Francisco Symphony. It's a very operatic part! It was quite a surprise to see him come out onstage at the first rehearsal and stand next to Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy who must be all of 5 feet tall while Relyea is something over 6'2". (I'm 6'3" so I had to go back stage and size him up! I'm a baritone in the chorus). He IS a hunk. And he has a huge voice which came through loud and clear even though his back was to the chorus and I was in the last row.