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 Welsh National Opera debut with Schaunard (La Bohème) in Spring 2017, and returns in the current season to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni.
Other recent operatic performances include Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sharpless (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 understudied Marcello (La bohème). He has also understudied Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Silvio (I Pagliacci), Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Roderick (Usher House) and Man/Ephraimite (Moses und Aron) for Welsh National Opera. His core role at the National Opera Studio was Don Giovanni. With the Royal Academy Opera, his roles included Eugene Onegin, Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict) with 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, including with a number of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles including The Philharmonia, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players. 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’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall; Faure’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall; Dream of Gerontius with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Alexander’s Feast; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony; Rachmaninoff The Bells; and Britten’s War Requiem at Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals.
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 was recently released by Linn Records.