American tenor John Easterlin made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 singing Prince Nilsky (The Gambler), and returned in 2013 to sing Andres (Wozzeck).
Easterlin began his career in advertising. He first sang in musical theatre before switching to opera, and now appears regularly at leading opera houses in the USA. For the Metropolitan Opera his recent roles have included Scrivener (Khovanshchina), Fourth Jew (Salome), Prince Nilsky and Major-Domo (Der Rosenkavalier). Engagements elsewhere include the Magician (The Consul) for Glimmerglass Opera, Hunchback Brother (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) and Spoletto (Tosca) for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jack O’Brien (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for Los Angeles Opera and Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) for the Canadian Opera Company. He made an acclaimed debut as Herod (Salome) for Vienna State Opera in 2009, with other European performances including Misail (Boris Godunov), Jack O’Brien, Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Andy Warhol (The Perfect American) at Teatro Real, Madrid, Andy Warhol for English National Opera and Squeak (Billy Budd) and Hunchback Brother for Opéra-Bastille.
Easterlin is a trained magician and master puppeteer. He performed his own tricks as the Magician (The Consul), which gained him two listings in the 2010 Guinness World Book of Records.