John Holland-Avery, from Staines, Middlesex, is a BA (Hons) in Music from York University and is a former Bass Lay Clerk at St John’s College, Cambridge. In 2016 he completed an MMus in Vocal Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, during which time he won the 2015 Frederic Cox Song Prize (RNCM) and sang live on BBC Radio 3. His studies were generously supported by the Mercers’ Company and an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship.
Embarking on his professional operatic career, John sang as member of the Chorus in Grange Park Opera’s 2016 season for Bart’s Oliver! and Verdi’s Don Carlo. Since then his solo operatic credits have included: the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Hidraot/Ubalde in Lully’s Armide, Periarco in Cavalli's Serse (UK premiere), Bellone/Ali in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, Guglielmo (Ensemble OrQuesta) and Don Alfonso (Devon Opera) in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River (Opera Xylem), Cover Step-Baritone in Noah Mosley’s Aurora (Bury Court Opera), and as a regular soloist for Sheffield City Opera and in opera galas at Normansfield Theatre, Teddington.
Future projects include a number of small roles in Rameau’s Hippoltye et Aricie (Ensemble OrQuesta) in the Grimeborn Opera Festival.
Dr Falke in Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus for Clyde Opera is his Glasgow debut.