Jonathan McGovern

This season Jonathan McGovern makes his anticipated role debut as Don Giovanni in Michael Boyd’s new production for Garsington Opera. Elsewhere he returns to Staatsoper Hamburg as Papageno under Kent Nagano as well as making his company debuts with both Welsh National Opera as Prince Andrei in Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Staatstheatre Klagenfurt as Pelléas. In concert he sings Dido and Aeneas at the Concertgebouw under Christian Curnyn, Fauré’s Requiem with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège conducted by Hervé Niquet, and Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter for his debut with the Britten Sinfonia. Further ahead Jonathan looks forward to adding the role of Eugene Onegin to his expanding repertoire.

Recent highlights have included outstanding debuts as Pelléas in Barrie Kosky’s new production for Komische Oper Berlin and Papageno for Staatsoper Hamburg in Jette Steckel’s new production under Jean-Christophe Spinosi and for Garsington Opera under Christian Curnyn. Elsewhere, Jonathan has sung the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Calixto Bieito’s new production of Johannes Passion for Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao as well as Robert Carsen’s production of Les fêtes vénitiennes with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie on tour in Toulouse and New York.

On the concert platform recent successes have included Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Ensemble Modern under Kent Nagano in Berlin, Dortmund and Dresden, as well as Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Verbier Festival under Charles Dutoit, Carmina Burana at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the NDR Podium der Jungen under Andrew Litton and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniel Cohen.

A gifted recitalist, Jonathan has performed with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Simon Lepper, James Baillieu, Timothy End and James Cheung. In recent seasons he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Musee d’Orsay, deSingel, the Oxford Lieder Festival, London English Song Festival and the Lichfield Festival.