Introduction

Manchester born Tenor John Findon, began his vocal training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) FROM 2009-2013 where he was taught by Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. In 2013 John accepted a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) on the Masters Programme taught by John Evans. His first main stage role at the Guildhall was a production of The Cunning Peasant (Dvorák), John played the role of Jean and was subsequently offered a place on the GSMD Opera Course from 2015. He was generously supported during his Opera Course by Help Musicians UK, The Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Worshipful Compnay of Ironmongers.

During his first year on the Opera Course John took part in many scenes including; Grimoaldo Rodelinda (Händel), Title role Idomeneo (Mozart), Title role Albert Herring (Britten), Don José Carmen (Bizet), Victorin Die Tote Stadt (Korngold) and the Title role Peter Grimes (Britten). In the main stage productions he played the roles of Leandro in Le Donne curiose (Wolf-Ferrari), Le Veilleur and Oskar in the Martinu double bill of Ariadne/Alexandre Bis and Sir Huon in Weber’s Oberon on the Barbican stage.

In his final year at GSMD, John was involved in two main stage productions, firstly as  Count Vaudemont and Vassili in the Iolanta/Mavra (Tchaikovsky/Stravinsky) double bill, then in the world premiere of Julian Phillips’ opera The Tale of Januarie in conjunction with the Royal Opera House where John played the title role of Januarie. Outside GSMD John has performed for many UK Opera companies including; Fife Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata (Verdi), Brent Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), English Pocket Opera Company as Don José in their production of Carmen, Grange Park Opera, Garsington Youth Opera as Don Jose in Carmen, BYO as Sir Philip in Owen Wingrave (Britten), Opera North covering Lemminkainen Swanhunter by Jonathon Dove, and for the Royal Opera House as cover Apollo and the role of Shepherd 2 in the production of L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) from the Camden Roundhouse. In 2017 John was made a Jerwood Yound Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he performed the roles of Officer Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss), cover of Giuseppe La Traviata, and also played the role of Player 2 in Brett Dean’s  new award winning opera Hamlet. John was awarded the Miss Miriam Treveux award 2018 for his work at the Glyndebourne 2017 Festival. In the 2018 Season, John returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera to cover the role of Major Domo to Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier. He also returned to Opera North to perform the role of Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He then returned to Glyndebourne in 2019 to cover the roles of First Armed and Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte.

John has sung in many solo oratorio performances throughout the UK and Europe, most notably; Messiah (Händel), Christmas Oratorio/Magnificat (Bach), Creation (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart/Verdi), Saint Nicholas (Britten), Dream of Gerontius (Elgar), Messa di Gloria (Puccini) and in 2016 John sang Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler) in the Palau de la Musica Valencia with the Valencia Philharmonic.

In 2019 John covered the roles of Sergeant Johnny Strong and Writer for English National Opera (ENO) in Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell. John then played The Witch in Hansel and Gretel Humperdink and was subsequently made an ENO Harewood Artist in 2019. In his first year on the Harewood programme John covered the role of Heurtebise in Orphée Philip Glass and made his house debut playing the role of Remendado in Carmen and then Gamekeeper in Rusalka, which was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. During the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic John returned to Glyndebourne and covered the role of Major Raflafla in In the Market for Love by Offenbach, and then covered Florestan in Fidelio Beethoven for Garsington Opera. In 2021 John is returning to Glyndebourne to cover the role of Florestan in Fidelio on the Glyndebourne Tour and firstly to play the roles of First Armed Man and Second Priest in the Glyndebourne Festival. John is also returning as a Harewood artist in the 2021/22 season, he is covering the role of Siegmund in Die Walkure, then he is playing the role of Luke in Handmaid’s Tale by Tippett and The Cock and Innkeeper in The Cunning Little Vixen Janacek. John is now managed by Alan Coates and Bettina Mehne at Keynote Artist Management, please see the contact pages for Management details.