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John Easterlin

Tenor

Biography

American tenor John Easterlin sings Andres (Wozzeck) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Easterlin made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 singing Prince Nilsky (The Gambler), a role he has also sung for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Easterlin began his career in advertising, and sang in musical theatre before switching to opera. He appears regularly at leading opera houses in the USA. For the Metropolitan Opera his recent roles have included Scrivener (Khovanshchina), Fourth Jew (Salome) and Major-Domo (Der Rosenkavalier). Other important US performances 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, and Jack O’Brien (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for Los Angeles Opera. In recent seasons Easterlin has also performed at several major European opera houses. He made an acclaimed debut as Herod (Salome) for Vienna State Opera in 2009. Other recent European performances include Misail (Boris Godunov), Jack O’Brien, Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Andy Warhol (The Perfect American) at Teatro Real, Madrid, Andy Warhol (English National Opera debut) and Squeak (Billy Budd) and Hunchback Brother for Opéra-Bastille. He also recently sang Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) for the Canadian Opera Company.

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.