Gareth Brynmor John



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Gareth Brynmor John is the 2013 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award. He studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music where, in his final year, he won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award and the National Opera Studio where he was supported by the Royal Opera House.

He made his Welsh National Opera début in Spring 2017 singing Schaunard (La Bohème) and has gone on to sing the title role in Eugene Onegin, Masetto (Don Giovanni), Robert (Les Vepres Sicilliennes), Papageno, and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), all for WNO.  In 2023/4 season he returns to WNO to sing The English Clerk in their new production of Death in Venice.   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, and Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Amersham Festival. He created Carl in Gervasoni’s “Limbus Limbo” which premièred at the Strasbourg Festival Musica and at Opéra Comique in Paris. He has performed Sharpless for Bury Court Opera and at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany, Pallante (Agrippina) for Iford Arts Opera, Servilio (Lucio Papirio Dittatore by Caldara) at the Buxton Festival, and Edoardo in Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais for English Touring Opera. He recently performed Ishmeron (The Indian Queen) for Opéra de Lille, Opera de Caen, Opera de Luxembourg and Antwerp Opera under the direction of Emmanuelle Haïm.

Gareth has performed extensively on the concert platform with a number of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles. Highlights and future plans include Elijah with the Really Big Chorus at Birmingham Town Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall; Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, with Hertfordshire Chorus at the Barbican, and at the Royal Albert Hall; Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall;  Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, Dream of Gerontius with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony at Salisbury Cathedral, and with the English Arts Chorale at Dorking Halls; Israel in Egypt at the Saffron Walden Concert Hall; Rachmaninov The Bells; Britten’s War Requiem at Guildford and Chichester Cathedrals and with the Cambridge University Music Society; Brahms Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra broadcast on BBC Radio 3; Belshazzar’s Feast at Guildford Cathedral; St John Passion (Christus) at Hereford Cathedral and for the Three Choirs Festival, Stanford Mass Via Victrix with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and released on Lyrita label; The Kingdom and Claudio / Béatrice et Bénédict with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Dido and Aeneas with Hong Kong Philharmonic; The World Premiere of Vision of a Garden (Richard Blackford) with The Bach Choir and David Hill at the Festival Hall; and St Matthew Passion at the Festival Hall with the Bach Choir.

Sought after for his performances of lieder he has given song recitals at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Barber Institute, King’s Place, and at many of the UK music festivals, including Oxford Lieder, The English Music Festival, Ludlow Festival of Song, North Norfolk Music Festival, Buxton Festival, Ryedale Festival and Leeds Lieder. He has shared two recitals with Roderick Williams as part of the Momentum Artists project, and sang Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs with the Aalborg Symphoniker broadcast on Danish Radio P2. His recording of Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with Trevor Pinnock is available on Linn Records. His recent recording of Stanford’s Children’s songs for the Somm label has received wide critical acclaim as well as his solo recording for the Champs Hill label.

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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