British bass-baritone John Cunningham sings Orest’s Tutor (Elektra) for The Royal Opera in their 2013/14 Season. Cunningham made his Royal Opera debut in September 2009 as a Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and has since sung Aged Gambler (The Gambler), Cappadocian (Salome), Périchaud (La rondine) and Major-Domo (Capriccio in concert) for The Royal Opera.
Cunningham was born in Wigan, Lancashire, and graduated as a chartered librarian from Manchester Metropolitan University. He studied singing with John Cameron. He has been a member of the choruses of English National Opera and Opera North. For ENO he has also sung solo roles including Angelotti (Tosca), Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Krušina (The Bartered Bride) and Donald (Billy Budd). For Opera North his solo roles have included High Priest (Nabucco), Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Caspar (Genoveva) and Fifth Jew (Salome). He also created the role of the Drum Maker (Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio).
Cunningham’s career has also featured significant Wagner and Verdi roles, including 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 Mendelssohn’s Elijah.