John Cudia is equally at home on Opera, Theater and Concert stages. A lyric tenor, he proudly made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Curly in their production of Oklahoma!, for which Opera News praised his “naturally appealing timbre graced with an attractive, rather tenorish ring above the staff.” John most recently created the role of Dr. Woodly in the world premiere of Happy Birthday Wanda June by Richard Auldon Clark for Indianapolis Opera with libretto by Indiana’s own Kurt Vonnegut. He sang Juan Peron in Evita for Vancouver Opera and will return there in 2017 for his role debut of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello.
He was praised for his debut as Alfredo in La traviata with Lyric Opera of the North: “Not to be forgotten was John Cudia as Alfredo. His idyllic “De’ miei bollenti spiriti” in Act 2 was his shining moment in his operatic debut. Cudia’s enunciation was excellent, and more impressively his tone changed over the evening from the romantic euphoria of his “Un di, felice, eterea” to the tender regret of “Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo.” — Duluth News Tribune. A return to LOON is scheduled for 2017 for another Verdi role debut as the Duke in Rigoletto. For composer Jonathon Dove, John created the role of Harry for his work entitled Innocence for Banff Theatre Centre.
In concert, John has sung as a featured classical tenor and Broadway Pops soloist with The Baltimore Symphony, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony, and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, all with guest conductor Stuart Chafetz. As one of the “three tenors” with The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. He sang with Maestro Delta David Gier and The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. As one of “Three Phantoms,” he sang with The Wichita Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Douglas. John appeared in Christmas with the Omaha Symphony with Ernest Richardson conducting. John has also appeared in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra directed by Edward G. Robinson. John is regular member of THE BROADWAY TENORS appearing all over North America. They have worked with The Stockton Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra just to name a few.
John holds the distinct honor of being the first and only actor to have performed both as the The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway. John’s most recent Broadway run counted him as only the 12th performer to play the Phantom in its historic, record-breaking 28 years. John recently played Jean Valjean at the Marriott Theater in Chicago where his performance not only earned him critical acclaim but also the Joseph Jefferson Award for “best actor in a musical.” John proudly made his Broadway debut in Les Misérables. John’s third Broadway credit was as cover to Juan Peron in Evita with Ricky Martin as Che. John toured the United States and Canada as the Phantom and also has the role of Raoul on Broadway and the North American tour to his credit.
Some favorite roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at Carousel Theatre, and Freddy in My Fair Lady at Westchester Broadway Theater. He was tenor Tony in Master Class at Portland Stage. And in his personal favorite South Pacific, John joined Ron Raines at Paper Mill Playhouse; was Lt. Cable at Casa Mañana, North Shore Music Theatre, and Pioneer Theatre. John has helped develop new works for the theatre with Roundabout Theatre, the Banff Theatre Centre, Paper Mill, by composers Jonathon Dove, Frank Wildhorn and Maury Yeston.
John earned his BA from Fordham University. He currently studies voice with Metropolitan Opera Baritone Mark Oswald. He and his wife, Broadway actress Kathy Voytko, reside in New Jersey with their two daughters Alena 6, and Evelyn 4, and their dog Kingsley.