Young, Sheffield-born bass-baritone John Savournin is already a singer of considerable stage artistry and versatility. He studied with a scholarship at Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded the Founder’s Prize for Excellence and the Paul Simms Opera Prize.
His most recent projects have included Second Gunman Kiss Me, Kate, Peter Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Schaunard La Boheme for Opera North, Colline La Boheme for Opera Holland Park, his debut with Scottish Opera as Alidoro La Cenerentola, his debut with Opera Holland Park as The Immigration Officer Flight, The King Eight Songs for a Mad King for the Lands End Ensemble of Calgary and the Ossian Ensemble, The Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance and Pish-Tush The Mikado for the National G&S Opera Company, and his second song recital at the Wigmore Hall as a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation prize winner – including the world premiere of a song cycle written for him Edwin Roxburgh.
Other operatic roles have included Dulcamara L’Elisir d’Amore for British Youth Opera, a role he has covered for Opera North. John has also covered Papageno The Magic Flute for BYO, Sir Despard Ruddigore for Opera North and The Pirate King for Scottish Opera/D’Oyly Carte. John has returned several times for engagements at the International G&S Festival in Buxton and Harrogate.
In concert, John made his Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room debuts as a Park Lane Young Artist in 2011 and 2012 with pianist James Young. Other concert and oratorio highlights have included Messiah at the Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and performances from memory with Bristol Choral Society, In Terra Pax and Fantasia on Christmas Carols for the Bath Philharmonic and The Magic of G&S at The National Concert Hall, Dublin.
A lover of contemporary music, John has performed the male role in The Boy who Lived Down the Lane by Diana Soh and Stephen Oliver’s A Man of Feeling at the Performer’s Voice Symposium in Singapore, and Finzi’s By Footpath and Style and Kagel’s …den 24.XII.1931 with The Warehouse Ensemble. John has worked regularly with Counterpoise, a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to performing melodramas, reciting John Casken’s Deadly Pleasures (Brighton Festival), Walton’s Façade and David Matthew’s Acteon. He performed the UK premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale at The Forge in Camden.
Future projects include reprising the role of Second Gunman Kiss Me Kate for Welsh National Opera, Alidoro La Cenerentola for Opera North and Leporello Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park.
Reviews of John Savournin to follow.