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Jonathan McGovern

  • Baritone


Jonathan McGovern Press Reviews

"What makes him special? Not just his beautifully focused and warmly virile voice, matched to great musical sensitivity, but also that rarest of attributes – an instantly winning and communicative personality. "

Rupert Christiansen - The Daily Telegraph Jan 12th 2012

"Jonathan McGovern sounded superb in the tiny part of Yamadori."

Madame Butterfly, ENO - Russ McDonald, Opera Magazine, July 2012 Issue

"[...] while Jonathan McGovern made much of Prince Yamadori’s brief role, offering sincerity and a fine rounded tone. "

Madame Butterfly, ENO - Mark Pullinger, Opera Britannia May 9th 2012

"McGovern's baritone rang out strong and clear. . . [In] Dover Beach, McGovern established a more sombre presence now, imbuing the lyrical, unfolding vocal lines with emotional depth and sensitivity. . .McGovern's commitment to the text was sustained and intense, as he sought to do justice to the composer's detailed word painting, without over-emphasis or undue theatricality. . . maintained a quiet intensity throughout. . .[In] 'An die Geliebte'...McGovern achieved a rapt intensity here, the silvery tone of his upper range wonderfully capturing the shimmer of the glistening nocturnal sky."

Wigmore Hall recital. Claire Seymour, Opera Today Dec 22nd 2011

"Others making their mark included Jonathan McGovern, whose Sid was spledidly sung and acted."

John McCann, Opera Magazine, January 2012 Issue

"'...dragging cosy Jubilee Hall kicking and screaming into the new studio space Mears was at once looking to a future exemplified by Jonathan McGovern’s slick, vaguely rocker-boy, Sid (quite the star of the show not least from a vocal point of view).' (Albert Herring, Britten-Pears YAP, Snape Maltings 2011)"

Edward Seckerson -The Independent Oct 24th 2011

"'Everyone else was barely out of college but delivering some seriously accomplished performances – especially Jonathan McGovern's Sid and Maria Friselier's Nancy.'"

Michael White - The Daily Telegraph Oct 24th 2011

"'Three baritones were first class:.... Even stronger was the incisive, commanding Jonathan McGovern, 25, who sang Britten's 'Billy in the Darbies' from Billy Budd with blazing sincerity and infused a Rachmaninov song with palpitating passion... I would have plumped for McGovern as winner...' (Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2011; 2nd Prize) "

Rupert Christiansen - The Daily Telegraph May 5th 2011

"Binding and offsetting this principal group are a pool of smaller roles, from which Jonathan McGovern's chameleon baritone stood out - or rather he didn't, decorously sublimating himself into his functional roles, including the voice of the Chinese father-puppet. (Maxwell Davis, Kommilitonen! RAO/Pountney/Glover 2011)"

Framescourer Mar 19th 2011