Tenor John Matthew Myers has garnered acclaim for his “smooth and rich” tenor and giving "insightful and beautifully nuanced performances". He is also hailed as an “artist to watch” by Opera News. The 2016-17 season includes a debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Mao Tse-Tung in John Adams' Nixon in China conducted by the composer, role debuts of the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Prince Sinodal in Rubinstein’s The Demon with the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, the Britten War Requiem with Great Music in a Great Space in The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine, and Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Berkshire Choral International under the baton of Kent Tritle.
Highlights from John’s 2015-16 season include joining the Los Angeles Opera to cover the role of Pollione in their production of Bellini’s Norma, a return to the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist to sing the roles of Trin in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, the 6th Diener in Strauss’ Capriccio, and Mao Tse-Tung in Adam's Nixon in China in the Apprentice Showcase Scenes. On the concert stage, John returned to Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York and Maestro Kent Tritle for Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Merryman’s Jonah.
Highlights from John's recent seasons included a debut with the Santa Fe Opera as the 3rd Jew in Strauss’ Salome, covered the roles of Junior/Charlie in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and workshop the role of Steve Wozniak in Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. A return to Long Beach Opera in the role of Monsieur Grivet in Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, his debut in the same role with the Chicago Opera Theater, an appearance with the Pacific Symphony for Verdi's La Traviata under the baton of Carl St. Clair, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Astoria Music Festival, and joined the Music Academy of the West to cover the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen. U.S. Premieres of Gabriela Ortiz’s Camelia la Tejana - Unicamente La Verdad, Stewart Copeland’s Tell Tale Heart, and Van Gogh by Michael Gordon all with the Long Beach Opera, the role of Eisenstein in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Boni in Kalman’s Die Csárdásfürstin with Concert Operetta Theater, and Cassio in Verdi’s Otello with Portland Summerfest.
Past season highlights saw John make his Carnegie Hall debut as Ophide in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon with the Collegiate Chorale, as well as Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione with the Gotham Chamber Opera, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with the Verbier Festival, Valerio in Mercadante's Virginia at the Wexford Festival Opera, and Tamino for the Chautauqua Theatre Company’s staging of Amadeus with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional credits include the roles of Rodolfo in La Boheme, the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Agenore in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore, Antinoüs in Faure’s Pénélope, Fenton in Falstaff, and the Jazz Trio Tenor in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
A frequent concert artist, John has performed Britten’s War Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, Jocelyn Hagen’s Amass at Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Kent Tritle for his Lincoln Center debut with Musica Sacra, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Wexford Festival Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Fairfield Chorale, and the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and other quartets with Performance Santa Fe with Maestros Harry Bicket and Joe Illick. John has had the pleasure of performing in concert with composers Ricky Ian Gordon and Ben Moore at the Chautauqua Institute Music Festival, Opera America's Salon Series: Exploring American Voices and the Van Cliburn Foundation's Modern at the Modern Concert Series in Fort Worth, TX. He was a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group in their performances of The Muir as well as soloist in September Songs: The Legacy of Kurt Weill with the American Musical Theatre Ensemble.
John is currently a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Graduate and Undergraduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music with additional studies at the Verbier Festival Academy, and Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Institute. John was a Geradine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera. John was a 2014 Los Angeles District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an Encouragement Award Recipient in the Western Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Photographer: Simon Pauly