Tenor John Easterlin has established himself as one of international opera’s most exciting performers. A compelling stage actor, his 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, 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, Mr. Easterlin won critical acclaim for his performances as The Scrivener KHOVANSCHCHINA, Monostatos THE MAGIC FLUTE, Prince Nilsky THE GAMBLER, Fourth Jew SALOME, and Young Servant ELEKTRA.
International career highlights include: The Hunchback Brother DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN and Squeak BILLY BUDD at the Opéra nationale de Paris; Herod SALOME for his debut with the Wiener Staatsoper and Spain’s Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida; Prince Nilsky THE GAMBLER and Andres WOZZECK for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; for Madrid’s Teatro Real: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY as Jack O’Brien and Toby Higgins, LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK as The Shabby Peasant, THE PERFECT AMERICAN (world premiere) as Andy Warhol, and BORIS GODUNOV as Missail; MAHAGONNY, once again in dual roles, for his debut with the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Brighella ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with the Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv; WOZZECK as Der Hauptmann, for his Saito Kinen Festival debut in Japan; and two productions with the Canadian Opera Company: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS in dual roles as the Tanzmeister and Brighella, and THE MAGIC FLUTE as Monostatos.
His extensive U.S. appearances include: SALOME, TURANDOT, and the U.S. premiere of ANNA NICOLE, as Larry King, with the New York City Opera; Lenia ELIOGABALO and Mayor Upfold ALBERT HERRING with NYC’s renowned Gotham Chamber Opera; DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, SALOME, LULU, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, TOSCA, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, and PARSIFAL, all with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Jack O’Brien in the acclaimed production of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY for the Los Angeles Opera; raves as Herod SALOME for his debut with the Florida Grand Opera and the Dayton Opera; triumphs as The Witch HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with the Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, and the Oregon Symphony; LE NOZZE DI FIGARO as Basilio and TURANDOT as Pong with the Opera Company of Philadelphia; for the Dallas Opera: ERMIONE as Attalo, TURANDOT as Pang, and CARMEN as Remendado; his celebrated performance as The Magician THE CONSUL with the Glimmerglass Festival; and the Four Servants LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN with the Nashville Opera.
On international concert stages, Mr. Easterlin has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival; Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Merkin Hall; Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center; and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center.
Mr. Easterlin has worked with stage directors Hal Prince, John Doyle, Diane Paulus, Julie Taymor, Francesca Zambello, Richard Jones, John Copley, Sir Peter Hall, Robert Wilson, David McVicar, Jürgen Flimm, and Paul Curran; as well as conductors Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Antonio Pappano, James Conlon, Valery Giergiev, Jeffery Tate, Jane Glover, Bernard Labadie, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Emmanuel Villaume.
Mr. Easterlin’s CD and DVD catalogue includes appearances on PBS Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center, and the Live in HD Series with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. For the telecast of Los Angeles Opera’s acclaimed production of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY, Mr. Easterlin portrayed the role of Jack O’Brien opposite Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone. The production received 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 in the dual roles of Jack O’Brien and Toby Higgins, garnered the ‘French Triple Crown’ in recording: the 2012 Diapason d’Or de l’Année.
A master puppeteer, professional mime, and certified magician, he made his Broadway debut as Ubaldo Piangi in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Majestic Theatre and portrayed the role of Mary Sunshine in the Broadway First National Tour of CHICAGO.