Tenor John Easterlin has rapidly established himself as one of international opera’s most exciting performers. A compelling stage actor, his recent engagements include creating two iconic American roles: Andy Warhol in the World Premiere of the Philip Glass opera The Perfect American at the Teatro Real, Madrid and the English National Opera (ENO), London; and Larry King in the U.S. premiere of the Anthony Turnage opera Anna Nicole, for the New York City Opera in conjunction with the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. For the Metropolitan Opera he won critical acclaim for his performances as the Scrivener in Khovanschchina, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Prince Nilsky in The Gambler, the Fourth Jew in Salome, and the Young Servant in Elektra.
International career highlights include four productions at the Opéra National de Paris: the Hunchback Brother in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Squeak in Billy Budd, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, and the Young Servant in Elektra; Herod in Salome for his debut with the Wiener Staatsoper and Spain’s prestigious Merida Festival; two productions for the ROH Covent Garden: Prince Nilsky in The Gambler and Andres in Wozzeck; seven productions with Madrid’s Teatro Real including Mahagonny, Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk as the Shabby Peasant, Wozzeck as the Captain, The Perfect American, (world premiere), as Andy Warhol, and Boris Godunov as Missail; his Bolshoi Opera debut in Mahagonny; two productions with the Canadian Opera Company (COC), Toronto: Ariadne auf Naxos in dual roles as the Tanzmeister and Brighella, and Die Zauberflöte; the Young Servant in Elektra with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Chicago Symphony; four productions with the New York City Opera including Salome, Turandot, and Anna Nicole (U.S. premiere); ten productions with the Lyric Opera of Chicago including Die Frau ohne Schatten, Salome, Lulu, Le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, and Parsifal; The Magician in The Consul with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival; and The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with the Seattle Opera.
Mr. Easterlin has worked with stage directors Hal Prince, John Doyle, Diane Paulus, Julie Taymor, Francesca Zambello, Michael Grandage, Richard Jones, John Copley, Sir Peter Hall, Robert Wilson, David McVicar, Jürgen Flimm, and Paul Curran; as well as conductors Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Antonio Pappano, James Conlon, Valery Giergiev, Jeffery Tate, Jane Glover, Bernard Labadie, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Emmauel Villaume. His CD and DVD catalogues include appearances on PBS’ Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center, and the Live in HD Series with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, in addition to a telecast of Los Angeles Opera’s acclaimed production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, with Mr. Easterlin’s dual performances as Jack O’Brien and Toby Higgins opposite Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone, which received a 2008 Emmy Award and two 2009 Grammy Awards for Opera Recording of the Year and Classical Album of the Year. The Teatro Real production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, with Mr. Easterlin again in dual roles, garnered the 2012 Diapason d’Or de l’Année ‘Triple Crown’ in Recording. Additionally, The Perfect American, with Mr. Easterlin as Andy Warhol, garnered the 2013 Gramophone Award for a Contemporary Work.
A Master Puppeteer and Certified Magician, (member of the Magic Circle), with four listings in the Guinness Book of World Records, he recently made his Broadway debut as Ubaldo Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre, for which he received a 2016 and 2017 Theater World Award; a 2016 Drama League Award for Distinguished Artistic Excellence; and the Actors’ Equity Association’s prestigious 2016 Arthur P. Edelman Award. This season and next he turns to the role of Herod in Strauss’ Salome with Florida Grand Opera. Future engagements include Herod with Dayton Opera, and the four servants in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann with Nashville Opera.
The American tenor John Easterlin delivered a brilliantly performed Herodes. An exciting voice and debut for this revival, which was impressive on all counts.