Sir John Tomlinson
John Tomlinson was born in Lancashire. He gained a BSc in Civil Engineering at Manchester University before winning a scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music. He was awarded a CBE in 1997 and knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2005.
John Tomlinson’s engagements include performances at La Scala, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper), Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Bilbao and the Festivals of Bayreuth (where he sang for eighteen consecutive seasons), Orange, Aix- en-Provence, Salzburg, Edinburgh and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. He has sung regularly with English National Opera since 1974 and with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 1977 and has also appeared with all the other leading British opera companies. His repertoire includes Wotan Das Rheingold and Die Walku?re, Wanderer Siegfried, Hagen Go?tterda?mmerung, Titurel and Gurnemanz Parsifal, King Marke Tristan Und Isolde, Heinrich Lohengrin, Hans Sachs Die Meistersinger von Nu?rnberg, Landgraf Tannha?user, Baron Ochs Der Rosenkavalier, Boromeo Palestrina, Orestes Elektra, Moses Moses Und Aron, Green Knight in the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain, Claggart Billy Budd, Rocco Fidelio, King Philip and Grand Inquisitor Don Carlos, Sarastro Die Zauberflo?te, Leporello and Commendatore Don Giovanni, Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr Miracle and Dapertutto Les contes d’Hoffmann, Golaud and Arkel Pelle?as et Me?lisande, Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Pimen Boris Godunov, The General The Gambler and Thomas a? Becket Assassinio Nella Cattedrale and title roles in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Boris Godunov, Oberto, Mose In Egitto, Der Fliegende Holla?nder, and the world premiere of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur
John Tomlinson has a large concert repertoire and has sung with all the leading British orchestras and in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Denmark and the U.S.A. He has made many recordings including Wotan, Wanderer, Hagen, Hans Sachs, Titurel, Don Alfonso Cosi? Fan Tutte, Leporello, and title roles Le Nozze Di Figaro and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Beethoven Choral Symphony, Messiah, Acis And Galatea and the Verdi Requiem. Videos include Maria Stuarda, Peter Grimes, Giulio Cesare, Rigoletto, Das Rheingold, Die Walku?re, Siegfried and The Minotaur.
Engagements in the 2013/14 season include Doctor Wozzeck for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk for De Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, Moses Moses Und Aron for Welsh National Opera and concerts including Green Knight Gawain for BBC Symphony Orchestra. Future performances include engagements at Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Salzburg.