John Morgan is one of Britain’s finest and most exciting baritones. Renowned for his ‘big, strong, dark-timbred voice’, he performs regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and has also been engaged as a Principal Artist with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and many other opera houses around the world. John also has performed an impressive range of concerts, both in the U.K. and abroad, including oratorio, concerts with orchestra, solo and chamber recitals with piano, harp and strings.
John’s international career began after his success as a European Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Modena and in the International Verdi Competition in Busetto. On the recommendation of Renato Bruson he studied in Italy with Maestro Ettore Campogalliani and this led to numerous concert engagements in Italy and throughout Europe and a flourishing career in opera today.
John was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Laura Sarti and then with Gustave Sacher. After making his debut with Kent Opera in Eugene Onegin, directed by Jonathan Miller and conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, he went on to sing with many regional and touring opera companies in the UK, Ireland and France, making his European debut as Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas at the Haute Saône Festival with a company from the Opera de Nancy.
Described as a ‘Verdi voice of rare quality’ John has sung over fifty operatic roles, which have included many of the great Verdian characters: Macbeth, Rigoletto, Germont (La Traviata), Amonasro (Aida), Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera), Iago (Otello), Count di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Posa (Don Carlo). Other favourite roles have included Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Scarpia (Tosca), Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La Boheme) and Amfortas (Parsifal). John has performed under the baton of many of the world’s greatest conductors and sung alongside some of the finest International singers. Abroad he has sung Iago in the Netherlands, Rigoletto and Di Luna in Belgium, Germont in Italy, Marcello in Ireland and Malta, Sylvio in Ireland, and the Verdi Requiem in America and Holland. He has sung concerts and recitals in Australia, New Zealand, the Far East, USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands, where he sang the first Western European performance of Urmas Sisak’s Mass No1.
At home John has sung in all the major London concert halls, including Gala Concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican; Orsini in Wagner’s Rienzi for the Chelsea Opera Group at the Royal Festival Hall, Jago (Ernani) at the Barbican and the Baron in Viardot’s Cendrillon at the Royal National Theatre. John’s Oratorio repertoire is wide ranging and performances in London have included the Brahms, Mozart and Verdi Requiems, St. John and St. Matthew Passions, The Messiah, Dream of Gerontius and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. He has also sung several rare works: Kurt Weill‘s Das Berliner Requiem at the National Concert Hall Dublin, Samuel Wesley’s Confitabour at St. John’s Smith Square and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha in London and America.
John has also enjoyed devising many programmes of opera, light opera and songs from the shows for special events, both at home and abroad, attended by members of the Royal family, two Prime Ministers and various visiting Heads of State. He has appeared on television and radio in England, Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium, America and the Far East. His debut solo album “Baritone in Love”, a collection of some of John’s favourite songs and arias, linked to the theme of romance and love was released in February 2007. John’s second CD recording, “Songs of Love and Destiny - Live at The Fairfield Halls” was released November 2017.
John’s work at the Royal Opera House has included Special Educational Projects: most recently, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore and Scarpia in Tosca. He has also directed a number of operas for smaller touring companies which included Opera South East, First Act Opera International and several productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. John has a London teaching practice and has given a number of Masterclasses both in the UK and abroad and most recently in Finland, where he received great acclaim for his work.
During the last few years John has also given Opera Concerts in America, France, Spain and the Canary Islands and has been invited as a celebrity guest artist on private luxury yachts in the Mediterranean and Greek Islands. He has also performed as a soloist and presented and sung in Opera Theme Cruises on the exclusive Windsurf American yachts and luxury liners for Cunard.
As part of the Maestro Trio, with Robin and Kim Colvill, John has performed in the UK, Spain, Denmark, and Norway. During the past five years John has directed and performed in Gala Opera Concerts and “From Vienna to Broadway” with his Ensemble, Prima Voce, (Artists from The Royal Opera House). Invitations have taken them to the Canary Islands on several occasions and they have also appeared in concert halls and theatres around the South East of England, including The Fairfield Halls Croydon, Alban Arena St. Albans and at St. Paul’s Church Covent Garden.
John is also the founder member of London Gala Opera, which performs semi-staged operas for Festivals, Corporate Events and for Educational purposes. For further information on Prima Voce and London Gala Opera please refer to www.maestromusicmanagement.com.