Following a series of important debuts at leading international opera houses and festivals, John Irvin is quickly establishing himself as one of the most interesting young tenors in the Bel canto and French repertoire, Mozart roles as well as in contemporary music.
Appearances of the 2018/19 season include his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur in the title role of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, debut at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as Pilade in a new staging of Rossini’s Ermione, his Latvian National Opera and role debut as Ruggero in Puccini’s La rondine, Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in Chicago, and Duca in Rigoletto for Kentucky Opera.
Recent highlights of his schedule were his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Salzburg Festival in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro as Cléomène in a new production of Le siège de Corinthe, where he also appeared in a “Three Rossini Tenors” concert; Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Grange Festival (Hampshire), Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème at Theater Heidelberg, Berlioz’s Lélio at the Beethovenfest Bonn and Requiem with the Bochumer Symphoniker, a Étienne Méhul gala concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St John’s Smith Square in London, Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Madison Opera, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Springfield Regional Opera.
Originally a pianist, the American tenor studied singing at the Georgia State University and Boston University’s Opera Institute. As an alumnus of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago his many roles included Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Percy in Anna Bolena and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.
Among the conductors he has collaborated with are Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Stéphane Denève, John DeMain, and Cristof Perick.