American tenor John McMunn studied at the Boston University Opera Institute; Harvard University; King’s College, Cambridge and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, Royal College of Music.
A proponent of new music, he has premiered operas by Anthony Cheung, Christoper Hossfeld, Nicolas Shardlow, and appeared in the premiere production of Robert Zuidam’s Rage d’amours at the Tanglewood Music Center, where has twice been awarded vocal fellowships. Notable 20th century performances include Helmut Lachenmann’s Consolation 1, Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants and the Transfiguration (BBC Proms 2008), as well as Huw Watkin’s In my craft or sullen art (RCM Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beyond Series). He sang the first tenor solos in the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Graffiti with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and was named a Park Lane Group Young Artist for 2010. In May 2010, he created the role of Macroom in Klaas de Vries’s Wake at the Nationale Reisopera of the Netherlands.