British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar.
His Rossini roles include Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Aronne Mosé in Egitto (covers for Welsh National Opera); Comte Ory Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims, Adelberto (cover) Adelaide di Borgogna (both for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Alberto L’occasione fa il ladro (OperaMinima); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida (St. John’s, Smith Square). For Glyndebourne, he covered Don Ramiro La Cenerentola and was the recipient of the Erich Vietheer Prize. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for the Anghiari Festival; Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea and Egeus Jason by Cavalli for English Touring Opera. Other roles include Romeo Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera); Judge in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, recorded for Virgin/EMI; Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera); Tamino The Magic Flute (Swansea City Opera); Luke in Tippett's The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera.
On the concert platform, Gyeantey is sought after as a sensitive and versatile artist with performances taking him across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Appearances include the title roles in Acis and Galatea (The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace) and Thomas Arne’s Judgment of Paris and Alfred (Wigmore Hall); Carmina Burana; Messiah, St Matthew Passion for Spanish TV; Mozart Requiem (Royal Albert Hall); Mahler Das Klagende Lied with the LPO under Vladimir Jurowski (Royal Festival Hall); Haydn Creation (Cairo Opera House) and Haydn Stabat Mater recorded for Luxembourg Radio.
Recent engagements have included Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor and Basilio, Le nozze di Figaro, for Diva Opera. Upcoming engagements for 2016 include Pylade, Iphigenie en Tauride and Ubaldo, Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera; Tamino, Magic Flute at Iford Festival and Eumeaus/Jove, Ulysses’ Homecoming and concert performances of Bach’s St John Passion with English Touring Opera.