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John Treleaven

Guest of the Opera

John Treleaven is one of the most sought after Heldentenors at the important international opera houses. He has been celebrated as Wagner’s Tristan, Lohengrin, Siegmund, Siegfried, Parsifal, Walther von Stolzing or Tannhäuser at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House London, the Los Angeles Opera, the Lyric Opera Chicago, the Hamburg State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Dresden’s Semper Opera, and, among many others, at the opera houses in Zurich, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Helsinky, Santiago de Chile or Tokio.


Native of Cornwall, John Treleaven studied at the London College of Music under William Lloyd Webber, the London Opera Centre Covent Garden and in Naples with Maestro Campanino. After completing his studies he performed in all the major opera houses in Great Britain, making his debut at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera where his roles included Don José, Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Pinkerton, Don Carlos, Faust, the Prince (Rusalka), Tamino, and Florestan. After his successes at the Edinburgh Festival – i.e. Jenik (The Bartered Bride), Radames (Aida), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), and Florestan (Fidelio) – followed guest performances in many major opera houses and international festivals. His repertoire also includes roles such as Peter Grimes, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Canio in I pagliacci, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, Hermann in The Queen of Spades, Pollione in Norma, Menelaus in Die Ägyptische Helena, the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Idomeneo, Pedro in Tiefland, Aeneas in Les Troyens or Otello. John Treleaven proves his special affinity for Wagner in his solo recitals ‘Wagner’s heroes’ (Arte Nova Classics, excerpts from the Ring) and a ‘Wagner Portrait’ (OehmsClassics) as well at the DVDs (Opus Arte) of several productions from Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona: the Ring cycle (Bertrand de Billy, dir. Harry Kupfer),Tristan und Isolde (Bertrand de Billy, dir. Alfred Kirchner, with Deborah Polaski as Isolde) and Lohengrin (Sebastian Weigle, dir. Peter Konwitschny).


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