Lyric Opera of Chicago

John Irvin

 John Irvin

Photo by Devon Cass.

Tenor John Irvin is a second-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 May he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Don Curzio/Le nozze di Figaro. Immediately prior to that engagement, he sang Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis conducting. Other concert repertoire performed by the Atlanta native includes Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. Originally a piano major, Irvin 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 (David R. Gloss Award for Excellence) and The Santa Fe Opera (Canning Memorial Award for Singers). Last season at Lyric Opera of Chicago the tenor portrayed Schmidt/Werther (debut), Kunz Vogelgesang/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Borsa/Rigoletto. This season he will appear in Otello, Parsifal, La traviata and Il barbiere di Siviglia.

John Irvin is sponsored by Stepan Company.  

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