“He covered himself in glory; this is a truly heroic tenor voice, capable of rising to the rafters yet finely cultivated in the softer passages, and he executed to perfection the concept of the prince…”
June 2022 musicomh.com
Summer 2022 saw John return to Garsington Opera Festival as both the Gamekeeper and the Prince, to great critical acclaim, in their production of Dvorak’s Rusalka. In recognition of his success, Garsington awarded him the Leonard Ingrams Award.
This season, John returns to English National Opera with whom he has a close relationship with as a Harewood artist. Roles will include Spoletta in Tosca, Mime and cover Loge in Rheingold and cover Paul in Die Tote Stadt. Previous roles at ENO include cover Siegmund in Wagner’s Valkyrie, Innkeeper and Cock in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Luke in Poul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Remendado Carmen and cover Heurtebise Orphee.
Next summer, John returns to Garsington Opera singing the role of Vasek in Bartered Bride and covering the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos. John made his debut at Garsington in September 2020 covering the role of Florestan in Fidelio.
The 2021/22 season saw John’s debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall singing the role of Dancing Man in a concert performance of Midsummer Marriage under the baton of Ed Gardner. A further debut included the London Chamber Orchestra where John sang Das Lied von der Erde. John then returned to Glyndebourne Touring Opera covering the role of Florestan in Fidelio. John has a close relationship with both Glyndebourne Touring and the Festival; previous roles include Borsa in Rigoletto, Melot in Tristan und Isolde and he should have performed the roles of First Armed Man and Second Priest in Mozart’s Magic Flute, but this was unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic. In 2017, John was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne where roles included Player 2 Hamlet; Officer Ariadne auf Naxos and Giuseppe (cover) La Traviata and in the 2018 season at Glyndebourne John performed the Major Domo to Faninal (cover) Der Rosenkavalier.
In the 2018/19 season, operatic performances included: Vaudemont Iolanta (Les Azuriales Opera), Second Jew Salome (Opera North); Monostatos Magic Flute (Opera North); Sergeant Johnny Strong and Writer (cover) Jack the Ripper (ENO) and The Witch Hansel and Gretel (ENO/Regents Park).
Previous operatic performances include: Alfredo La Traviata (Fife Opera); First Armed Man (cover) Magic Flute (RCS); 2nd Soldier L’incoronazione di Poppea (RCS); Bardolfo Falstaff (RCS); Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore (Brent Opera); Don José Carmen (EPOC); Jean The Cunning Peasant (Guildhall); Shepherd 2 (role)/Apollo (cover) Orfeo (Guildhall/ROH); Lemminkainen (cover) Swanhunter (Opera North); Leandro Le Donne Curiose (Guildhall); Sir Philip Owen Wingrave (BYO); Count Vaudemont, Iolanta (Guildhall); Vasilli Mavra (Guildhall); Huon Oberon (Guildhall); Das Lied Von der Erde Valencia Philharmonic; Januarie The Tale of Januarie (Guildhall/ROH).
John studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Kathleen Mckellar Ferguson and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course taught by John Evans, where he was supported by Help Musicians UK and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.