John Antoniou

Australia

John Antoiniou is one of Australia’s most experienced and best-loved baritones.

Born in Sydney, John graduated from the Conservatorium of New South Wales and was shortly thereafter accepted into the ensemble of Opera Australia where he performed such roles as Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard and Marcello in La bohème.

After winning the Sydney Sun Aria, John was accepted into the studio of the Vienna State Opera and soon became a soloist with that company. His roles in Vienna included Kruscina in The Bartered Bride, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Bretigny in Manon and Zuniga in Carmen.

In 1992, John returned to Australia and sang regularly with Opera Australia. His roles included Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Escamillo in Carmen, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Jaroslav Pruss in The Makropulos Secret, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Valentin in Faust, Ping in Turandot, Marcello in La bohème and Alidoro in Cenerentola.

Recent performances have included those with the New National Theatre in Tokyo as Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Page in the Hobart Shakespeare Festival’s production of Sir Sir John in Love and, in 2012, Krusina in New Zealand Opera’s The Bartered Bride.

John's concert repertoire includes numerous Opera Galas as well as solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, Vaughan-Williams’ Donna Nobis Pacem and Brahms’ Requiem.