B i o g r a p h y
Hailing from Donegal, Ireland, John is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera and University of Ulster. He is also an alumnus of the Georg Solti Accademia and Les Azuriales, and former Young Artist for Garsington Opera and Northern Ireland Opera and was a finalist at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala competition in Milan, this year he was announced as one of the recipients of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary Awards.
Recent seasons saw John make his debut at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, as well as Aeglamour in the world premiere of Ina Boyle’s children’s opera Maudlin of Paplewick, perform the role of Jupiter in Handel’s Semele in France, soloist in the premiere of MASS by composer Conor Mitchell in Belfast, tenor soloist in Messiah with Salon Opera, soloist with The Belfast Ensemble in Abomination at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and make his role debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Orchestre Mozart Genève in Switzerland.
Future projects include soloist with Le Foyer des Artistes, Abomination with the Belfast Ensemble at the Southbank Centre London, Macduff in Macbeth with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn in Switzerland.
Highlights on the concert platform include tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge at the Teatro Auditorio de Cuenca, Spain under the baton of Barry Douglas and tenor soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Berlioz’s Te Deum at Chichester Cathedral directed by Jonathan Willcocks.
From 2016 – 2018 John was an integral part of the Marketing Department at Wigmore Hall, London and in 2021 worked on projects for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He continues to work on freelance Arts administration and marketing projects in his spare time.
John is grateful for the support he has received in his career thus far including that of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Richard Lewis Jean Shanks Trust, The Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK, and The International Opera Awards Foundation.
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