Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth Brynmor John studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where, in his final year, he won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award. He recently studied at the National Opera Studio where he was supported by the Royal Opera House, Richard Carne Trust and Chris Ball. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera singing Schaunard (La Bohème) in Spring 2017 and was immediately re-invited to cover the role of Onegin (Eugene Onegin) for them in the 2017/18 season.
Recent engagements include Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for Bury Court Opera and at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany, and Pallante (Agrippina) for Iford Arts Opera. With English Touring Opera, he sang Edoardo in Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais, and also understudied Marcello (La bohème). He has understudied Silvio (I Pagliacci), Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Roderick (Usher House) and Man/Ephraimite (Moses und Aron) for Welsh National Opera. Whilst at the National Opera Studio he sang the title role in Don Giovanni as well as being involved in Opera Scenes directed by Graham Vick.
With the Royal Academy Opera, his roles included Eugene Onegin, Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict) under Sir Colin Davis, The Ferryman (Curlew River), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), and Sir Thomas Bertram (Mansfield Park, Jonathan Dove). Other roles include Papageno (The Magic Flute), Sid (Albert Herring), Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Shadwell Opera, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Amersham Festival, Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), and Hymen and Sleep (Fairy Queen). He created Carl in Gervasoni’s “Limbus Limbo” which premièred at the Strasbourg Festival Musica.
Gareth has performed extensively on the concert platform with a number of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles including The Philharmonia, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Recent highlights include Elijah with the Really Big Chorus at Birmingham Town Hall; Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall and with Hertfordshire Chorus at the Barbican; Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall; Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall; Dream of Gerontius with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions; Handel Judas Maccabeus, Israel in Egypt and Alexander’s Feast; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony; Rachmaninoff The Bells; and Britten’s War Requiem at Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals. Future concert engagements include Brahms Requiem for the Ulster Orchestra, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony at Salisbury Cathedral, Belshazzar’s Feast at Guildford Cathedral and recitals at the Ludlow English Song Weekend and the London Song Festival.
Gareth is part of the Songsmiths, and regularly sings in the London English Song Festival. He has also given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Barber Institute, King’s Place, King’s Lynn Festival, North Norfolk Music Festival, Haddo Festival, Buxton Festival and Leeds Lieder. His recording of Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with Trevor Pinnock is available on Linn Records.
"The Spring season also marks the 50th anniversary of WNO touring to Bristol Hippodrome. WNO first tread the Hippodrome boards on 25 March 1968 with a fortnight of operas which, rather fittingly, included Don Giovanni."