John Irvin


In 2015 the tenor, a Georgia native and former Ryan Opera Center member, appeared in La traviata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl and scored a great success as Matthew Gurney/Tobias Picker’s Emmeline at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Irvin studied as a pianist at Florida State University before switching to singing at Georgia State University (Don José/Carmen) and Boston University’s Opera Institute (Chevalier/Dialogues des Carmélites, Paolino/Il matrimonio segreto, Roméo/Roméo et Juliette, Nick/The Postman Always Rings Twice). In recent seasons, Irvin has debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Curzio/The Marriage of Figaro), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Beyond the Score, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique), and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9). A former member of the Central City Opera and Santa Fe Opera apprentice-artist programs, he is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist, a 2012 Liederkranz Foundation I.V.C. finalist, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 Kahn Career Entry Award.

Previously at Lyric Opera: Twelve roles since 2012|13, most recently Christopf/ Bel Canto (2015|16); Third SS Officer/The Passenger, Lord Hervey/Anna Bolena, Servant/Capriccio (all 2014|15).

Last updated: December 7. 2015