SIR JOHN TOMLINSON
Bass

John Tomlinson was born in Lancashire. He gained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Manchester University before winning a scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music.  He was awarded a C.B.E. in 1997 and knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2005. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Singer in 1991, 1998 and 2007 and in 2014 their Gold Medal.

John Tomlinson’s engagements include performances at La Scala, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper), Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Antwerp, and Bilbao and the Festivals of Bayreuth (where he sang for eighteen consecutive seasons), Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Edinburgh and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. He has sung regularly with English National Opera since 1974 and with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 1977 and has also appeared with all the other leading British opera companies. His repertoire includes Wotan DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE WALKÜRE, Wanderer SIEGFRIED, Hagen GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG,  Titurel and Gurnemanz PARSIFAL, King Marke TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Heinrich LOHENGRIN, Hans Sachs DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Landgraf TANNHÄUSER, title role ZAUBERFLÖTE, and Daland FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, Baron Ochs DER ROSENKAVALIER, Sarastro DIE Boromeo PALESTRINA, Orestes ELEKTRA, Moses MOSES UND ARON, Green Knight in the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s GAWAIN, Claggart BILLY BUDD, Doctor WOZZECK, Rocco FIDELIO, King Philip and Grand Inquisitor DON CARLOS, Leporello and Commendatore DON GIOVANNI, Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr Miracle and Dapertutto LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Golaud and Arkel PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, title role and Pimen BORIS GODUNOV, The General THE GAMBLER and Thomas à Becket MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL and title roles in  BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE, OBERTO, MOSE IN EGITTO, and the world premiere of Birtwistle’s THE MINOTAUR.

John Tomlinson has a large concert repertoire and has sung with all the leading British orchestras and in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Denmark and the U.S.A. He has made many recordings including Wotan, Wanderer, Hagen, Hans Sachs, Titurel, Don Alfonso COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Leporello, and title roles LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, Beethoven CHORAL SYMPHONY, MESSIAH, ACIS AND GALATEA and the Verdi REQUIEM. Videos include MARIA STUARDA, PETER GRIMES, GIULIO CESARE, RIGOLETTO, DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKÜRE, SIEGFRIED and THE MINOTAUR.

Engagements in 2015 include Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Thomas à Becket MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL and Ivan Susanin A LIFE FOR A TSAR for Frankfurt, Fiesco SIMON BOCCANEGRA for Hamburg, Arkel in concert performances of PÉLLEAS ET MÉLISANDE in Stockholm and Cologne and Brett Dean’s LAST DAYS OF SOCRATES for the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. Future performances include engagements for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera and the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals.


Bartok BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE (Haitink)
Bluebeard
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI CDC 556 162-2
CANTATA PROFANA (Boulez)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
DG 435 863-2
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Weller)
CBSO (complete symphonies)
Chandos CHAN 7042
Symphony No. 9 (Sanderling) EMI
Bellini LA SONNAMBULA (Bonynge)
Alessio
Decca 417 424-2
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Muti)
Lorenzo
EMI CMS 764 846-2
Birtwistle GAWAIN
Green Knight
Collins Classics 7041-2
PUNCH AND JUDY
Doctor
(ETCE) KTC 2014
Britten BILLY BUDD (Hickox)
London Symphony Orchestra
Claggart
Chandos CHAN 9826
Cavalli ERCOLE AMANTE
(Nettuno, Tevere)
Erato STU 71 328
Charpentier JUDITH
Holofernes
Donizetti MARIA STUARDA (Mackerras)
English National Opera
Talbot
Chandos CHAN 3073
GABRIELLA DI VERGY
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Filippo
OPERA RARA OR3
Handel ACIS AND GALATEA (Pinnock)
Polyphemus
ARCHIV
ALCINA (Hickox)
City of London Baroque Sinfonia
Melisso
EMI (3) CDS 749 771-2
GIULIO CESARE (Mackerras)
English National Opera
Achilles
Chandos CHAN 3019
HERCULES
Hercules
(ARCH) 423 137-2
MESSIAH (Pinnock) (ARCH) 423 630-2
Holst AT THE BOAR’S HEAD (Atherton)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Falstaff
EMI CDM 565 127-2
Lortzing DER WAFFENSCHMIED (Hager)
Munich Radio Orchestra
Hans Stadinger
CAL 50953/4
Martinu GREEK PASSION (Mackerras)
Grigoris
Supraphon (2) 10 3611-2
Massenet LE ROI DE LAHORE (Bonynge)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Chef
Decca 433 851-2
WERTHER (Mackerras)
English National Opera
Johann
Chandos CHAN 3033
Monteverdi ORFEO (Gardiner)
Charon/Spirit III
(ARCH) (2) 419 250-2
Mozart COSI FAN TUTTE (Barenboim)
Don Alfonso
Erato
DON GIOVANNI (Barenboim)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Leporello
Erato (3) 2292-45588-2
DON GIOVANNI (Marriner)
Commendatore "Amadeus soundtrack”
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Figaro
Erato
Mussorgsky BORIS GODUNOV (Daniel)
Boris
Chandos CHAN 3007
Puccini TOSCA (Rescigno)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Gaoler
Decca 443 204-2
MANON LESCAUT (Sinopoli)
Philharmonia
Comandante
DG 413 893 2
Purcell MOTET (Gardiner)
"Jehova quammultisumt hestemei”
Erato STU 712 76
Rameau NAIS (McGegan)
English Bach Festival Orchestra
Pluton
Erato 4509 98532-2
Rossini PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
CBSO Chorus
Conifer CDCF 184
GUGLIELMO TELL (Chailly)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Melchtal
Decca 417 154-2
Schoenberg A SURVIVOR FROM WARSAW (Sinopoli)
Staatskapelle Dresden
Narrator
Teldec 3984-22905-2
Shostakovich SYMPHONY No. 14 (Wigglesworth)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BIS CD 1173
R. Strauss DER ROSENKAVALIER (Parry)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Baron Ochs – Highlights
Chandos CHAN 3022
Stravinsky LE ROSSIGNOL
Chamberlain
Erato 2292-45627-2
PULCINELLA (Salonen)
London Sinfonietta
RENARD (Salonen)
London Sinfonietta
Sony CD45965
OEDIPUS REX (Welser-Möst)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Creon
EMI CDC 754 445-2
Thomas HAMLET (Bonynge)
WNO Orchestra
Spectre
Decca 433 857-2
Verdi RIGOLETTO
English National Opera
Sparafucile
Chandos CHAN 3030
LA TRAVIATA (Bonynge)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Marquis
Decca 430 491-2
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Sinopoli)
Philharmonia
Marchese di Calatrava
DG 419 203-2
REQUIEM (Hughes)
Royal Philharmonia Orchestra
CD EMXD 2503
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD (Barenboim)
Wotan
Teldec 4909-91185-2
DIE WALKURE
Wotan’s Farewell
ASV CDDCA 666
DIE WALKURE (Barenboim)
Wotan
Teldec 4909-91186-2
SIEGFRIED (Barenboim)
Wanderer
Teldec 4909-941932-2
GOTTERDAMMERUNG (Haitink)
Hagen
EMI CDS 754 485 2
PARSIFAL (Barenboim)
Titurel
Teldec 9031-74448-2
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (Parry)
Title role (English)
Chandos due to be released
Weill THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Rattle)
CBSO
EMI CDM 764 739-2
Recital Discs: GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS (Parry)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Chandos CHAN 3044
GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS 2 (Parry)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Chandos CHAN 3076
Video Recordings:
Britten PETER GRIMES (C. Davis)
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Hobson
ROH Video
Saint-Saens SAMSON ET DALILA (C. Davis)
Royal Opera House
Abimelech
ROH Video
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD (Barenboim)
Wotan
Unitel Films
DIE WALKURE (Barenboim)
Wotan
SIEGFRIED (Barenboim)
Wanderer

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