Following a series of important debuts at leading international opera houses and festivals, John Irvin is quickly establishing himself as one of the most interesting young tenors in the Bel canto and French repertoire, Mozart roles as well as in contemporary music.
Appearances of the 2018/19 season include his debut at the Nice Opera House in the title role of a new production of La damnation de Faust, his house debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples as Pilade in a new staging of Ermione, his Latvian National Opera and role debut as Ruggero in La rondine, Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta in Chicago, the tenor solo part of Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Duca in Rigoletto for Kentucky Opera.
Recent highlights of his schedule were his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Salzburg Festival in The Exterminating Angel and at the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro as Cléomène in a new production of Le siège de Corinthe, where he also appeared in a "Three Rossini Tenors" concert; Conte d'Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Grange Festival, Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème at Theater Heidelberg, Berlioz's Lélio at the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Berlioz's Requiem with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, a Méhul gala concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St John's Smith Square in London, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Madison Opera and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Springfield Regional Opera.
Originally a pianist, the American tenor studied singing at the Georgia State University and Boston University’s Opera Institute. As an alumnus of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago his many roles included Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Percy in Anna Bolena and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.
Among the conductors he has collaborated with are Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Stéphane Denève, John DeMain and Cristof Perick.