About John McVeigh
Acclaimed for his “fresh-toned and touching portrayal” by Opera News and lauded by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes, and striking good looks,” John McVeigh continues to garner attention for his countless world class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and all over the world. This season he performs Goro in Madama Butterfly with PORTopera, Tybalt in Romeo et Juliette with Opera Colorado, Haydn’s Creation with the Portland Symphony, Messiah with Boston Baroque and the Winston Salem Symphony, Acis in Acis and Galatea with the Concert Radio Kamer Filharmonie in Amsterdam, and in 2014 he will return to the Houston Grand Opera.
Most recent concert engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the baton of Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony, Handel’s Messiahwith the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Memphis Symphony, Handel’s L’allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Kennedy Center, Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge with the Arizona Music Festival and Portland Chamber Music Festival, and a concert of arias in a return to the Portland Symphony. Recent operatic appearances include Acis in Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Detroit Oratorio Society, Emilio in Partenope at Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera, Pang in Turandot with Arizona Opera, Lurcanio in Ariodante at New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera, and this past season, a return to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Das Rheingold, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Billy Budd.
Having earned breakout star status with his performances as the Novice in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd in his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, he soon after reprised the same role in his debuts with Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera, as well as in a return to Houston Grand Opera. His extensive work in English language repertoire has also included performances as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Utah Opera and in his Central City Opera debut; Johnny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan with Central City Opera; Hot Biscuit Slim also in Paul Bunyan at New York City Opera (broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS), as well as Feeny in The Mines of Sulphur; his Ravinia Festival debut as Henrick in A Little Night Music alongside Patti LuPone; the title role in Candide with Austin Lyric Opera; the title role in Romberg’s The Student Prince with Central City Opera; Anatol in Vanessa with San Diego Opera; Little Bat in in the Metropolitan Opera’s first production of Susannah under James Conlon; and the role of Will Tweedy in the world premiere of Cold Sassy Treeat Houston Grand Opera, with repeated performances at Atlanta Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, San Diego Opera, and Opera Carolina. In addition, he has also sung the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Soul of Heaven for tenor and piano.
John’s performances in opera also include his Metropolitan Opera debut as Pang in Turandot, followed by return appearances as Bardolfo in Falstaff and Tinca in Il Tabarro; Fenton in Falstaff and Arbace in Idomeneo with Santa Fe Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Glimmerglass Opera and Austin Lyric Opera; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera; Azor in Zemire et Azor with Arizona Opera; and Ferrando in Così fan tutte in a return to Austin Lyric Opera.
Highlights of John’s considerable European and international career include Montverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Adrastro in Traettas’ Antigona with the Théâtre du Châtelet; Lurcanio in Ariodante at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and de Vlaamse Opera; Endimione in Martin y Soler’s L’abore di Diana at the Gran Teatro del Liceu; St. Stephen in Four Saints in Three Acts at the Edinburgh Festival; Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight with de Vlaamse Opera; Novice in Billy Budd with Teatro Carlo Felice; Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Endimione in Martin y Soler’s L’abore di Diana at Teatro Real; Emilio in Partenope at the Göttingen Handel Festspiele; Teseo in Traetta’s Ippolito ed Aricia with Opéra de Montepellier; Ozia in Mozart’s rarely performed Betulia Liberata with Christophe Rousset and Les Talen Lyriques; and Marzio in Mitridate, Rè di ponto at Grenada’s Festival Internacional de Música y Danza.
Also a consummate concert artist, highlights of Mr. McVeigh’s orchestral appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Austin Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the Masterworks Chorus at Carnegie Hall, the Washington National Cathedral with the Cathedral Choral Society, Philharmonia Baroque, Music of the Baroque, Winston Salem Symphony, and Memphis Symphony; Britten’s Nocturne with the Portland Symphony and Music of the Baroque; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphonyat the Grant Park Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Arizona Music Festival; Haydn’s Creation with the Winston Salem Symphony and Berkshire Chorale; Rameu’s Platée and Handel’s L’allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Ravinia Festival and Seattle Symphony; the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass with the Utah Symphony and Virginia Arts Festival; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Calgary Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Minnesota Orchestra and Richmond Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and a series of Bach cantatas and Handel arias with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Milwaukee Symphony; Carmina Burana with Detroit Symphony and Utah Symphony; Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Honolulu Symphony, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Brooklyn Philharmonic; Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Handel and Haydn’s Society; Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig, and the Danish National Radio Orchestra under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies.
As an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, his numerous performances there include Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, St. Stephen in Four Saints in Three Acts, and Michael Daughtery’s Jackie O. Discography includes Will Tweedy in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree on the Albany Label, Daughtery’s Jackie O and Emilio in Handel’s Partenope.