Johnathan McCullough

Baritone

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Johnathan McCullough will make his UK and West End debut singing Count in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro directed by Joe Hill-Gibbons at English National Opera in Winter/Spring of 2020. Additionally he won First Prize in the 2019 Gerda Lissner Foundation Song competition singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

Last season, Johnathan made role and house debuts as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos at Opéra de Lausanne, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Wolf Trap Opera. He returned to Opera Philadelphia for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and debuted at Opera San Louis Obispo in his signature role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.

Johnathan spent the 2017/18 season as an Emerging Artist at Opera Philadelphia where he sang Mr. Greatorex in the world premiere of Elizabeth Cree by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, as well as Moralès in a new production of Carmen. At the Komische Oper Berlin, he returned for a new Calixto Bieto production of Schreker's Die Gezeichneten after his recent successful debut as Oromasès in a new production of Rameau's Zoroastre conducted by Christian Curnyn. He covered the role of Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and spent the summer of 2018 as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera singing Brother in The Seven Deadly Sins (Weill) and Marullo in Rigoletto. In concert, he will sing Carmina Burana with the Boise Philharmonic and with the National Chorale at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Operatic credits include J. Robert Oppenheimer (Doctor Atomic), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Schaunard (La bohème), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Lescaut (Manon), Apollo (Apollo e Dafne), Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias), Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta), Blansac (La scala di seta), Mandarino (Turandot), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Le Geôlier (Dialogues des Carmélites), Reverend Monroe and Pangle in the workshop production of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Other roles have included Charles Rosen in the world staged premiere of The Classical Style, Lord Henry Wotton (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Maximillian (Candide), and A-Rab (West Side Story).

In addition to the standard repertoire, Johnathan is an avid interpreter of new music, working directly with composers Carlisle Floyd, Jennifer Higdon, David T. Little, Lowell Liebermann, Missy Mazzoli, John Musto, Rene Orth, Kevin Puts, Steven Stucky, Eli Villanueva, and many more. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Berio Sinfonia for 8 solo voices. Other concert appearances include Harris Concert Hall with Maestro Harry Bicket, John Musto at Songfest, and the Broad Stage in Los Angeles.

He received a Bachelor of Music degree, Master of Music in Opera degree and Artist Diploma, all from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has been a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Aspen Music Festival.