JOHN
LONGMUIR

TENOR

One of Australia’s most acclaimed young tenors, John Longmuir was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  His operatic studies took place at the Australian Opera Studio.

John’s awards encompass all of Australia’s major competitions, having won the prestigious Herald-Sun Aria, the Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship and the inaugural Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award.

After making his professional debut as Ismaele in Nabucco in Tokyo Japan, he joined Opera Australia, first as a young artist and then as a principal.

John has sung all the major leggiero repertoire for Opera Australia including: Tamino in The Magic Flute, Narcisco in Il Turco in Italia, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Camille in The Merry Widow, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Beppe in Pagliacci, Gastone in La traviata, The Count of Lerma in Don Carlos, Pong in Turandot and many others.  John has also appeared with West Australian Opera as Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Camille in The Merry Widow.

Also in high demand on the concert platform, his performance highlights include: Carmina Burana with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Elijah with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Berliner Cappella and Faure’s La naissance de Vénus at the Konzerthaus Berlin.   In 2012 and 2014, John was invited to sing Grimoaldo in concert performances of Handel’s Rodelinda under Richard Bonynge, now available as a commercial recording.

Upcoming performances for Opera Australia include; Camille in The Merry Widow, Gastone in La traviata, Juan in Don Quichotte, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

PERFORMANCES WITH STATE OPERA SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Count Almaviva – The Barber of Seville (2020)
Camille de Rosillon – The Merry Widow (2018)

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Does anyone else remember their first opera experience? Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder shares his below.

"One’s love of opera has got to start somewhere.
This is my start, my 'Road to Damascus’ moment.
Ingmar Bergmann’s 1975 film of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l17SQeytHN8

Yes, it’s in Swedish, but to my 18-year-old ears that was just as foreign as German. And there are subtitles."

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I worked as halbadeer in DON CARLOS IN 1966 SAW MARIE COLLIER IN TOSCA WIT TITO GOBI AND DONALD SMITH HOOKED LOVE OPERA.

Les Hugenots in Sydney in the 1980s. It’s a wonder I ever attended another opera. But I did and continue to do so.

As a Supernumerary in Lucretia Borgia with Joan Sutherland 1977..

I'd performed in two, Handel's Agrippina led to her death, a staged cantata, and the festival production of Pygmalion by Rameau, semichorus, before I saw one for the first time. AO's Rosenkavalier in HMT 1972, with Liz Osman. growing up I heard lots of opera on the BBC, and must have seen some. I bought the score of Rosenkavalier a few years ago to work out how the trio does what it does. none the wiser I'm happy to say.

Australian Opera toured Fliegender Holländer and Tannhäuser to Adelaide in the 1960s. Brian Coghlan took his German students along. Lifetime addiction!

2006 State Opera production of a Nabucco for me. The sound of the artists and orchestra blew me away. Not to mention the exploding walls and blood drop from the fly gallery- had me hooked!!

A late bloomer I saw Saul in the Adelaide Festival with the State Opera Chorus and have never stopped searching for that same thrill. We’re so lucky to have such brilliant musicians and artists in South Australia!

Verdi’s Aida did it for me - fabulous production and heaps of fun. Of course he also writes beautiful parts for mezzos, too!🎶🥰🥰

I was a 17 year old exchange student in the Netherlands. My host family took me on holidays to Italy and I saw Aida at the Arena di Verona, complete with elephants! 🐘🐘

Just hearing “The Pearl Fishers”

State Opera of SA Countess Maritza...and then 1986/7? SWEENEY TODD!!!! Nancye Hayes as Mrs Lovett...that was IT! I was hooked...

Manon with my mum on a holiday in Belgian while i still lived in the Netherlands in the 70s, listening to her singing areas from Faust and La Traviata while doing dishes and movie of Porgy and Bess with Sydney Poitier. Lots of operettas which were my dad's favourites.

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State Opera is committed to supporting the talented singers, artists, and creatives who reside at the core of this company, and assures you that these wonderful people will be back on our stages and in our productions as soon as possible.

We know we can count on our audiences, partners and broader community to support each other at this time.
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Good on you Stu. Keep punching. Love. Barry and Anke

Well said Stuart!

Lovely message Stuart- hang in there.

When this is over, the first thing I'll do is go to an opera. Hopefully, that opera is Sweeney Todd in October of this year, but regardless, I look forward to seeing your shows again when it's possible. 🙂

Thank you Stuart, looking forward to post Covid 19. Stay safe and happy.

Our beloved State Opera will continue to inspire and delight us in the times ahead with the magic of this wonderful art form. Thank you Stuart!

Sending best wishes to you Stuart 🙂 🙂 🙂

State opera will be better than ever once this is all over. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful company again x

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Since we're not together at Carmina Burana, the State Opera Staff decided to invite you to share a glass of Shingleback & Red Knot Wine with us as we knock off from a week of hard work in isolation. As you can see we are not yet the masters of Zoom! ... See MoreSee Less

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No mechs. Jess Nash😪

I see the Brady Bunch reference - Thanks for the virtual knock off drink

Thanks State Opera. Watched Carimina Burana on YouTube in stead. Keep well everyone.

All good enough at Zoom to know not to be in the toilet. 😆

Wow that’s great. I’m sorry I missed out😯

Gorgeous ❤

Love it!!!

cheers!

It would have been a perfect night at Memorial Drive tonight. Cheers to everyone!

That is cool!! See you on the other side.

So sad not to be singing tonight, but this is fabulous! Cheers! ❤❤

Great idea!!

Wonderful! Thinking of everyone at SOSA ... fingers crossed I’ll see you in October xx 😘

thanks guys!! Missing y’all!! ❤️🥂

Thank you!

So cool stay safe everyone cheers 🥂 😘

Claire Edmonds-Wilson Kathryn House This should have been tonight 😢

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Great effort!

This is brilliant ❤

Cheers to our favourite opera partners! Stay safe please & let’s all enjoy the small pleasures. Including that end-of-day glass or 2. Salut! 😊❤️🍷🍷

What...? No lip syncing?

So very clever and funny - thank you for sharing 😀

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