John Irvin
New England Encouragement Award 2012

After completing his third year at the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, John Irvin returns there in the 2015-2016 season as Christoph in the world premiere of Jimmy López’s Bel Canto. The tenor will also perform in a benefit concert of operatic highlights with the Highland Park Strings at Ravinia. Last season in Chicago, John was Sir Hervey (covering Lord Percy) in Anna Bolena, sang the role of the Servant and covered the Italian Singer in Capriccio, appeared asan SS Officer in Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger, and covered Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. In July 2015 he joined Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Matthew Gurney in Thomas Picker’s Emmeline, and in August appeared as Giuseppe in La traviata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


A native of Atlanta, John was originally a pianist who began pursuing his passion for opera in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Georgia State University in 2010 and studied at Boston University’s Opera Institute. That year, as a Bonfils-Stanton Studio Artist at Central City Opera, John earned the David R. Gloss Award for Excellence. In 2011 John was an apprentice at The Santa Fe Opera, where he was The Detective in an abridged world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar.  At the conclusion of the program, John earned the Agnes M. Canning Memorial Award for Singers. Then as a Boston Lyric Opera Emerging Artist, John made his professional debut as Malcolm in their production of Macbeth.  


John’s other roles have included Gounod’s Romeo, Nick in Stephen Paulus’ The Postman Always Rings Twice, Don José, B.F. Pinkerton, L’aumonier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Victor in Villa-Lobos’ Yerma, King Kaspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the Governor in Candide. In Chicago in the 2013-2014 season the tenor covered Alfred in Die Fledermaus and stepped in for two performances, played Giuseppe (cover Alfredo) in La traviata, and appeared as the First Knight in Parsifal, Rodrigo (cover Cassio) in Otello, and the Sergeant (cover Count Almaviva) in Il barbieri de Siviglia. John was also Ottavio in the Ryan Opera Center’s production of Don Giovanni, and joined the Chicago Symphony as soloist in its “Beyond the Score” series, performing an early Berlioz song the composer later used in his “Symphonie Fantastique.” John has also performed many oratorio works, including Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore




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