John Irvin
Tenor
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Currently in third year at the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, John Irvin began this season covering Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. The tenor was then the Servant and covered the Italian Singer in Capriccio. His other assignments in Chicago include Sir Hervey (cover Lord Percy) in Anna Bolena and an SS Officer in Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger. He next visits Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Matthew Gurney in Thomas Picker’s Emmeline. In Chicago last season, John 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.”

 

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 alongside David Daniels 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 operatic credits include 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.  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’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

 

 

 

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