British bass-baritone John Cunningham made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as a Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and has since sung Aged Gambler (The Gambler), Cappadocian (Salome), Périchaud (La rondine), Major-Domo (Capriccio in concert) and Orest’s Companion (Elektra) for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Hermann Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).
Cunningham was born in Wigan, Lancashire, and graduated as a chartered librarian from Manchester Metropolitan University. He studied singing with John Cameron and has been a member of the choruses of English National Opera and Opera North. For ENO he has sung solo roles including Angelotti (Tosca), Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Krušina (The Bartered Bride) and Donald (Billy Budd). For Opera North his solo roles include High Priest (Nabucco), Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Caspar (Genoveva) and Fifth Jew (Salome). He created the role of the Drum Maker (Dove’s Pinocchio).
Other engagements include Nabucco, Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Ankerstroem (Un ballo in maschera) and Ramfis (Aida) for Kentish Opera, Donner (Das Rheingold) and Hunding (Die Walküre) for the Mastersingers Company and Hagen (Götterdämmerung) with the Northern Wagner Orchestra. He performs in oratorio throughout the UK, including in the title role of Elijah.