Lyric Opera of Chicago

John Irvin

 John Irvin

Photo by Devon Cass.

Tenor John Irvin is a third-year Ryan Opera Center member. He was a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist and earned second place in the 6th annual Peter Elvins Competition. Irvin made his professional operatic debut in the fall of 2011 as a Boston Lyric Opera Emerging Artist, singing Malcolm/Macbeth. Last year he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Don Curzio/Le nozze di Figaro, and as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Sir Andrew Davis conducting. This past spring Irvin performed with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Originally a piano major, the Atlanta native completed his academic training at Boston University Opera Institute (Chevalier de la Force/Dialogues des carmélites, Paolino/Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, Roméo/Roméo et Juliette, Nick/Stephen Paulus's The Postman Always Rings Twice). Previously he studied at Georgia State University (Don José/Carmen). Irvin has participated in the apprentice artist programs of Central City Opera and The Santa Fe Opera. At Lyric Opera of Chicago the tenor has appeared in Werther (debut), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rigoletto, Otello, Parsifal, La traviata, Die Fledermaus, Il barbiere di Siviglia and The Family Barber. In the 2014-15 Lyric Opera season Irvin performs in Capriccio, Anna Bolena and The Passenger.

John Irvin is sponsored by Stepan Company.  

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