John Irvin
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Originally a pianist, Atlanta tenor John Irvin began pursuing his passion for opera in 2008.  He earned his Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Georgia State University in 2010 and is in his second year at Boston University’s Opera Institute under Sharon Daniels.


John’s operatic credits include Romeo (Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette), Nick (Paulus’ The Postman Always Rings Twice), Don Jose (Bizet’s Carmen),  B.F. Pinkerton (Puccini’s Madam Butterfly) L’aumonier (Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites), Singer #7 (Sousa’s Transformations), Victor (Bowles’ Yerma), King Kaspar (Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors) and the Governor (Bernstein’s Candide).  A versatile singer, John has also performed many oratorio works, including Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’sVesperae Solennes de Confessore


Throughout his studies, he has participated in masterclasses with Matthew Epstein, David Daniels, George Shirley, Patricia Moy, Lauren Flannigan, Phyllis Curtain, Harry Bickett, Benton Hess and Peter Strummer.


A 2010 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 given the honor of performing The Detective alongside David Daniels in an abridged world premiere of Morrison’s Oscar.  At the conclusion of the program, John earned the Agnes M. Canning Memorial Award for Singers.


John was a 2011 New England Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and earned 2ndplace in the 6th annual Peter Elvins Competition. 


A Boston Lyric Opera Emerging Artist, John recently made his professional debut as Malcolm in their fall production of Verdi’s Macbeth.  He will join the 2012-13 Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.



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