Biography

John Daszak

Current as of August 2019

Admired for his versatility, range and dramatic power, British tenor John Daszak made his operatic debut as Števa (Jenůfa) at the English National Opera. In addition to his acclaimed Bayreuth debut in 2015 as Loge (Das Rheingold) under Kirill Petrenko, he has made several important role debuts in recent seasons: Herod (Salome) under Henrik Nanasi at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Grishka Kuterma (The Leg­end of the Invisible City of Kitezh) under Marc Albrecht at the Dutch National Opera, the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg under Kent Nagano at the Bavarian State Opera and the Drum Major (Wozzeck) for his debuts both at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim and at the Salz­burg Festival under Vladimir Jurowski.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season in­clude Aron (Moses und Aron) in concert under Lothar Zagrosek at the George Enescu Fes­tival, the Drum major and the Witch (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Bavarian State Opera, Herod and Agrippa / Mephistopheles (The Fiery Angel) at the Theater an der Wien and Golitsin in a new production of Khovan­shchina under Vladimir Jurowski at the Berlin State Opera.

A leading interpreter of Britten’s operas, John Daszak made his role debut as Cap­tain Vere (Billy Budd) at the Frankfurt Opera, and the same role marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera under David Robert­son. He sang Peter Grimes at La Scala, Milan, Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Prologue / Quint (The Turn of the Screw) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Gustav von Aschenbach (Death in Venice) at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Boasting an extensive repertoire, other highlights of John Daszak’s recent career include Aron at the Vienna State Opera and the Komische Oper in Berlin, Sergey (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District) at the English National Opera and at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Albrecht von Brandenburg (Mathis der Maler) at the Dresden Semper­oper, his first Siegfried in the Grand Théâtre de Genève’s Ring cycle, Jimmy (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Aegisth (Elektra) at Covent Garden, Erik (Der fliegende Hol­länder) at the Sydney Opera House, Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina) in Frankfurt, Kaufmann (Jakob Lenz) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Alviano Salvago (Die Gezeichneten) in Zurich.

A regular guest at the Bavarian State Opera, John Daszak’s roles there include Captain Vere, Mephistopheles (Doktor Faust), Alwa (Lulu), Golitsin, the Leper (Saint François d’Assise), the Witch, the Drum Major and Robert Scott in Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole.

 

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