Tenor John Easterlin has rapidly established himself as one of international opera’s most compelling performers. A compelling stage actor, his recent engagements include the role of Andy Warhol in the world premiere of The Perfect American at Teatro Real Madrid and the English National Opera, and Larry King in the US premiere of Anna Nichole at the New York City Opera. For the Metropolitan Opera he won critical acclaim for his performances of the Scrivener in Mussorgsky’s Khovanschchina, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, and Lady MacBeth of Mtensk.
John is regularly engaged in the leading opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real Madrid, and the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. His most recent performances include Andres in Wozzeck at the ROH Covent Garden, Misail in Boris Godunov at Teatro Real Madrid, Jack O’Brien and Toby Higgins in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and Teatro Real Madrid, Herod in Salome for his debut with Wiener Staatsoper, Prince Nilsky in The Gambler at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Squeak in Billy Budd, the Hunchback Brother in Die Frau ohne Schatten both at the Opéra National de Paris and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Magician in The Consul with Glimmerglass Opera, his role debut as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and dual roles as the Tanzmeister and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, both with the Canadian Opera Company, his debut with the Saratoga Opera Festival as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the Shabby Peasant in Lady MacBeth of Mtensk with Teatro Real Madrid, and the Young Servant in Elektra for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recently he also he debuted the Washington National Opera as Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Herod in Strauss’ Salome with the Medira Festival in Spain.
Mr. Easterlin has worked with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Antonio Pappano, James Conlon, Valery Giergiev, Jeffery Tate, Donald Runnicles, Bernard Labadie, Pablo Heras-Casado and Emmauel Villaume and stage directors John Doyle, John Copley, Sir Peter Hall, David McVicar, Jürgen Flimm, Richard Jones, Robert Wilson, Paul Curran, Francesca Zambello and Diane Paulus.
The 2015-16 season included his debut in Palm Beach as Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, after which he made his Broadway debut in Phantom of the Opera where he is currently performing Ubaldo Piangi at the Majestic Theatre. He made his debut with Seattle Opera as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel in the 2016-17 season. In 2018 he will debut the Florida Grand Opera in the role of Herod in Salome.
His CD and DVD catalogues include appearances on PBS Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and Alice Tully Hall, as well as a telecast of the Los Angeles Opera’s acclaimed production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which he received 2008 Emmy and Peabody Awards, and two 2009 Grammy Awards for Opera Recording of the Year and Classical Album of the Year.
Mr. Easterlin moved from a career as a Broadway theater performer where he was seen as Giuseppe in the National Tour of The Most Happy Fellow, the title role of Candide at the Arena Stage in Washington DC, the First National Tour of Chicago, and in the Broadway production of Band of Brothers.
The American tenor John Easterlin delivered a brilliantly performed Herodes. An exciting voice and debut for this revival, which was impressive on all counts.