American baritone John Chest’s “presence and delivery complements the dark, rich colors in his voice” (Opera Now). Highlights of his 2016-17 season included Conte Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro in his Opera Philadelphia debut, Nick Carraway The Great Gatsby with Staatsoper Dresden, and a return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the title role of Billy Budd. Future performances include major roles at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Teatro Municipal Santiago, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.
Recent engagements include Albert Werther at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Nick Carraway The Great Gatsby (Staatsoper Dresden), Valentin Faust (Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Deutsche Oper Berlin), the title role of Don Giovanni (Angers Nantes Opera), title role of Billy Budd, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Ford Falstaff, Silvio Pagliacci, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Il Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (all Deutsche Oper Berlin) Marcello La bohème (Washington National Opera, Fritz Die tote Stadt (Nantes and Nancy), Nardo La finta giardiniera and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both Festival d’Aix-en-Provence), Eddie in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek (Salzburg Landestheater), and Ned Keen Peter Grimes (Norwegian Opera).
Equally passionate about art song, Chest is an active recitalist, recently appearing at the Festival d'Aix-en-provence, then with the Paris Philharmonie in October, both with pianist Marcelo Amaral. He was a 2017 finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize Competition. Additionally, he is scheduled to return to Wigmore Hall after a successful 2013 debut.
Chest is a recipient of the top prize at the prestigious 2010 Stella Maris International Vocal Competition and the Arleen Auger Prize in the 2012 Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. He was a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin until September 2016 and a graduate of the Studio Bayerische Staatsoper, where he sang over eighty performances. He has held apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and the Chicago Opera Theater, and took part in the esteemed Merola Opera Programme. Chest holds a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he studied with David Holloway.