John Irvin

Photo: Todd Rosenberg
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.

Recent highlights include his debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Nice Opera House and with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki in the title role of "La damnation de Faust", his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Salzburg Festival in "The Exterminating Angel" as well as at the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro as Cléomène in a new production of "Le siège de Corinthe", where he also appeared in a "Three Rossini Tenors" concert; The Shepherd in Stravinsky's "Oedipe" with the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, Pirro in a new production of "Ermione" for his house debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, his Latvian National Opera and role debut as Ruggero in "La Rondine", Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" in Chicago, Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, his role debut as Duca in "Rigoletto" for Kentucky Opera, Conte d'Almaviva in "Il barbiere di Siviglia" at the Grange Festival, Rodolfo in a new production of "La bohème" at Theater Heidelberg, Berlioz's "Lélio" at the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Berlioz's "Requiem" with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, a Méhul gala concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St John's Smith Square in London, Roméo in "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 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.