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Jonathan McGovern

  • Baritone


Jonathan McGovern recent operatic roles include Wu Tianshi and Pokayne in the première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Kommilitonen!; Shane Postcards from Dumbworld at Belfast Grand Opera Hosue; Delfa in Cavalli’s Il Giasone; Sid with Royal Academy Opera in John Copley’s first Albert Herring; Fiorello and Figaro cover Barber of Seville on tour with Armonico Consort Opera and Don Parmenione L’Occasione fa il ladro for RAO. Most recently, he made his ENO debut as Jake in the world première of Two Boys by Nico Muhly. In September he joined the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme to reprise the role of Sid for the Britten Festival in a new production conducted by Steuart Bedford and directed by Oliver Mears. Jonathan returns to ENO this season as Yamadori Madam Butterfly.

Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, Jonathan McGovern has performed with pianists Julius Drake, Simon Lepper, Timothy End, James Baillieu and James Cheung. Recent highlights include an all Schubert programme with Julius Drake at St Olave’s Hart Street; a recital with Simon Lepper in the ‘Spring Voices’ series at the National Portrait Gallery and recitals at Chester Music Festival, the City Music Society, St James’ Piccadilly and the Forge Camden with Timothy End, with whom he held a residency at the Royal Over-Seas League recital series at the Edinburgh Festival 2010. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle with whom he has appeared at Wigmore Hall and at the King’s Place Festival.  Engagements this season include recitals for Opera de Lille (with Simon Lepper), his Royal Over-Seas League Prizewinner’s recital in January 2012, a Kirckman Concert Society recital with pianist James Cheung and the Ferrier Celebration Concert, all at Wigmore Hall, and at the Machynlleth Festival. With Malcolm Martineau he also recorded songs by Felix Mendelssohn for the Champs Hill label, to be released in 2013.

In concert, Jonathan McGovern appears with the Orchestra of the City at St James's Piccadilly in Mahler's 'Songs of a Wayfarer', with the Cambridge Philharmonic in Bernstein's 'Candide' and later this year at Southwark Cathedral in Faure's Requiem. Most recently, he made his BBC PROMS debut in The Yeoman of the Guard with Jane Glover and the BBC Philharmonic.

Jonathan McGovern's future engagements include recitals at the LSE, Oxford Lieder and London Song Festivals, Boatswain HMS Pinafore for Raymond Gubbay productions at London's Barbican, in Edinburgh and Birmingham and a return to ENO as Papageno (cover) and for the world premiere of Michel van der Aa's opera The Sunken Garden, as well as Deborah Warner's new production of Death in Venice. He will return to the recording studio for an album of songs by Claude Debussy, with Malcolm Martineau.