Gareth Brynmor John



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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 then studied at the National Opera Studio where he was supported by the Royal Opera House, Richard Carne Trust and Chris Ball and highlights included singing 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.

After leaving the National Opera Studio he performed 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 understudied Silvio (I Pagliacci), Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Roderick (Usher House) and Man/Ephraimite (Moses und Aron) for Welsh National Opera before making his house début in Spring 2017 singing Schaunard (La Bohème).  He returned in 2017/18 to cover and sing the title role in Eugene Onegin as well as singing Masetto (Don Giovanni) and has also covered the role of Andrei in their recent production of War and Peace.  Other recent and future engagements include Papageno,  Sharpless, Masetto / Don Giovanni and Robert / Les Vepres Sicilliennes for Welsh National Opera,   Ishmeron / The Indian Queen for Opéra de Lille, Opera de Caen, Opera de Luxembourg and Antwerp Opera as well as the bass role in Lucio Papirio Dittatore by Caldara in the 2019 Buxton Festival.

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; Rachmaninov The Bells; and Britten’s War Requiem at Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals.   Recent and future events include the Sea Symphony at Salisbury Cathedral, Israel in Egypt at the Saffron Walden Concert Hall, Carmina Burana at York Minster, Brahms Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Belshazzar’s Feast at Guildford Cathedral,  Faure Requiem at the Festival Hall with the Bach Choir, Stanford Mass Via Victrix with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  The Kingdom and Claudio / Béatrice et Bénédict with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Britten War Requiem with the Cambridge University Music Society, Five Mystical Songs with the Aalborg Symphoniker as well as recitals in the London Song Festival, the Leith Hill Music Festival, the English Music Festival, the Ludlow Festival of Song, Oxford Lieder and on a tour of Norway as well as recitals with Roderick Williams as part of the Momentum Artists project.

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, Ryedale Festival and Leeds Lieder. His recording of Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with Trevor Pinnock is available on Linn Records and he will make a recording of  Stanford’s Chldren;s songs for the Somm label in 2021/22.

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  • The Fairy Queen - Opera de Lille

    In Ismeron’s invocation of the god of dreams Gareth Brynmor John managed to unite music and drama with his vocal power and stage presence.

    Graeme Feggetter Opera, January 2020
  • Don Giovanni - Welsh National Opera

    Masetto, Gareth Brynmor John, proved again that his is a baritone with the right combination of heft and sensitivity

    Rian Evans Opera, May 2018
  • Wigmore Hall Recital

    Gareth presented a varied programme and revealed a confident and technically accomplished performer. He produced a consistently clear vocal line too. It’s a big voice, and a warm one, with a very full, rich sound; the tone is evenly sustained across the range, with exceptionally focused lower register

    Claire Seymour Opera Today
  • Kathleen Ferrier Awards

    Gareth Brynmor John’s clarity, warmth and even spread held us gripped from the beginning. He also passed the variety test. Two fervent accounts from Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel showed that he’d be welcome in any drawing-room. The opera house beckoned in his penetrating aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Strong lieder credentials, too: the last of his four selections from Wolf’s Italian Songbook was caressed with such delicate control and tenderness that my knees started to give way.

    Geoff Brown The Times
  • Das Rheingold - Grimeborn

    Gareth Brynmor John, sounding lustrous, made an animated, nervy Donner

    Yehuda Shapiro Opera, November 2019
  • The Children's Hour, Champs Hill disc

    The whimsical performance of Charles Ives’s ‘The Children’s Hour’ […] sets high standards of interpretation, John’s mellifluous singing offset Vann’s tenderly undulating accompaniment. John’s skills as a genial storyteller emerge impressively […] his intelligent pointing of text draws the listener subtly in, without heavy underlining.

    Terry Blain BBC Music Magazine, July 2021


  • Gareth Brynmor John to receive the Welsh National Opera Sir John Moores Award

    Gareth Brynmor John to receive the Welsh National Opera Sir John Moores Award

  • Gareth Brynmor John to make his Welsh National Opera début

    Gareth Brynmor John to make his Welsh National Opera début

  • Groves Artists take on British baritone, Gareth Brynmor John

    Groves Artists take on British baritone, Gareth Brynmor John