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John Chest

American baritone John Chest’s “presence and delivery complement the dark, rich colours in his voice” (Opera Now). Recent and forthcoming engagements include Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht at Teatro Massimo di Palermo; Conte d’Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro at Opéra National de Lyon; Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Orchestra National de Lille; a concert tour with Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo D’Oro of Handel’s Theodora alongside compatriots Joyce DiDonato, Lisette Oropesa and Michael Spyres, and a thrilling debut as Rodrigue in a new production of Don Carlos at Theater Basel. Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Billy Buddat Deutsche Oper Berlin and San Francisco Opera; Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne; Albert Werther at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées; Nick Carraway The Great Gatsbyfor Staatsoper Dresden; Valentin Faust for Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and Teatro Real Madrid; title role in Don Giovanni for Angers-Nantes Opéra;  Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Ford Falstaff, and Silvio Pagliacci at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Guglielmo Così fan tutte at Bayerische Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Il Conte d’Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro for Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opera Philadelphia and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Marcello La bohème at Washington National Opera and Semperoper Dresden; Nardo La finta giardiniera and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; and Ned Keen Peter Grimes for Norwegian Opera.