John Fiorito, baritone, Metropolitan Opera Association, retired
A native New Yorker, Mr. Fiorito made his professional debut in 1957, with the Toledo Choral Society and Symphony in the title role of Mendelssohn's "Elijah". He began his vocal studies in 1952, with Rita Kittain and her associate, Lydia Chaliapin. Mme. Kittain was a pupil of the famous Italian baritone, Mattia Battistini. Mme. Chaliapin was the daughter of the famed basso, Feodor Chaliapin. He continued his studies with baritone Robert Weede, and finished his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received an artist diploma in vocal performance.
Mr. Fiorito's operatic career began in 1961 with the New York City Opera. In 1965 he became a leading baritone in the Metropolitan Opera National Company, a touring company of the Met, under the direction of Risa Stevens. In 1968, he opened his European career, becoming the leading dramatic baritone with the Städtische Bühnen Bielefeld, in Germany.
Mr. Fiorito has appeared with the Wiener Staatsoper and Volksoper, L'Opera de Montreal, Spoleto Festival Charleston, SC, Milwaukee Florentine Opera, the Washington Opera (DC), and many other regional companies in the United States. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1990, in Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore". Having retired from the stage after his fifteenth consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, his objective is to share his experience as performer and teacher, with young students, seriously desiring to study. His students are now performing in Europe and the United States, in companies such as the New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and in all the major houses in Europe. Many have been recipients of major awards such as The George London Foundation's Flagstad Award.
Mr. Fiorito has taught voice privately, for over twenty-five years, including several years on the voice faculty of George Washington University, while being active in a very busy performing career. He has an excellent command of German, Italian and French and has performed roles in Russian and Czech, as well. He lives near Sarasota, Florida, and continues to maintain a voice studio in New York City.
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