The Artists

John-Colyn Gyeantey


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British tenor John Gyeantey is steadily gaining a reputation as a fine exponent of the bel canto repertoire. As a high tenor, he has a facility to sustain the tessitura essential for the speciality roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, where he worked closely with Alberto Zedda, and began his training at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Foundation Major Scholar.

His Rossini roles include Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Aronne Mosé in Egitto (covers for Welsh National Opera); Comte Ory Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims, Adelberto (cover) Adelaide di Borgogna (both for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Alberto L’occasione fa il ladro (OperaMinima); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida (St. John’s, Smith Square). For Glyndebourne, he covered Don Ramiro La Cenerentola and was the recipient of the Erich Vietheer Prize. He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for the Anghiari Festival; Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea and Egeus Jason by Cavalli for English Touring Opera. Other roles include Romeo Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera); Judge in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, recorded for Virgin/EMI; Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera); Tamino The Magic Flute (Swansea City Opera); Luke in Tippett's The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera.

On the concert platform, Gyeantey is sought after as a sensitive and versatile artist with performances taking him across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Appearances include the title roles in Acis and Galatea (The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace) and Thomas Arne’s Judgment of Paris and Alfred (Wigmore Hall); Carmina Burana; Messiah, St Matthew Passion for Spanish TV; Mozart Requiem (Royal Albert Hall); Mahler Das Klagende Lied with the LPO under Vladimir Jurowski (Royal Festival Hall); Haydn Creation (Cairo Opera House) and Haydn Stabat Mater recorded for Luxembourg Radio.

Recent engagements have included Pylade, Iphigenie en Tauride and Ubaldo, Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera; Tamino, Magic Flute at Iford Festival and Eumeaus/Jove, Ulysses’ Homecoming and concert performances of Bach’s St John Passion with English Touring Opera.Future engagements include a return to Iford Festival to perform the role of Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville.

Musical Education

2011 Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro, Italy

2009 Samling Foundation Scholar

2007-2008 National Opera Studio, London

2002-2003 Abbey Opera Training/Birkbeck College, London - Dip. Performance Studies

1998-2002 Royal College of Music, London - Bachelor of Music

Operatic Experience

2017 Count Almaviva, Barber of Seville, Iford Festival

2017 Ramiro (cover) La Cenerentola, Opera North

2016 Eumaeus / Jove, Ulysses Homecoming, English Touring Opera

2016 Pan, La Calisto, English Touring Opera

2016 Tamino, The Magic Flute, Charles Court Opera

2016 Ubaldo & Ghino (cover & 2 performances), Pia de’Tolomei, English Touring Opera

2016 Pylade, Iphigenie en Tauride, English Touring Opera

2015 Basilio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Diva Opera

2015 Normanno, Lucia di Lammermoor, Diva Opera

2015 Luke, The Ice Break, Birmingham Opera Company

2014 Ruodi (cover), Guillaume Tell, Welsh National Opera

2014 Aronne (cover), Mose in Egitto, Welsh National Opera

2014 Almaviva, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Festival Musique Cordiale

2014 Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Riverside Opera

2013 Arnalta, The Coronation of Poppea, Monteverdi. English Touring Opera

2013 Egeus, Jason, Cavalli. English Touring Opera

2013 Count Almaviva, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Rossini. Diva Opera

2013 Count Ory, Le comte Ory, Rossini. Opera South

2012 Gamekeeper (cover), Rusalka, Dvorak. Glyndebourne Touring Opera

2012 Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Mid Wales Opera

2012 Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro, Portugal. Buxton Opera Festival

2012 Acis, Acis and Galatea, Handel. Concert Performance, Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace

2012 Extra Chorus – Les Troyens. Royal Opera House

2011 Apprentice, Die Meistersinger, Wagner. Royal Opera, Covent Garden

2011 Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, Rossini. Welsh National Opera

2011 Zefirino, Il viaggio a Reims, Rossini. Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

2011 Adelberto (cover), Adelaide di Borgogna, Rossini. Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro

2011 Alberto, L’occasione fa il ladro, Rossini. OperaMinima

2011 Beppe, Pagliacci, Leoncavallo. OperaUpClose

2011 Paris, The Judgment of Paris, Thomas Arne. Concert Performance, Wigmore Hall

2011 Alfred, Alfred, Thomas Arne. Concert Performance, Wigmore Hall

2011 Gernando & Ubaldo, Armida, Rossini. Concert Performance, St John’s, Smith Square

2010 Don Ramiro (cover), La Cenerentola, Rossini. Glyndebourne Touring Opera

2010 The Count, The Marriage of Figaro, Marcos Portugal. Bampton Classical Opera

2010 Gernando & Ubaldo (cover), Armida, Rossini. Garsington Opera

2010 Art (cover), Knight Crew, Julian Philips. Glyndebourne/BBC 2

2009 Gamekeeper (cover), Rusalka, Dvorak. Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2009 Bardolfo (cover), Falstaff, Verdi. Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2008 Camille de Rosillon, The Merry Widow, Lehár. Scottish Opera

2008 Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti. BYO Anghiari Festival, Tuscany

2008 Tom Rakewell (cover), The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky. Garsington Opera

2007 Judge, Das Wunder der Heliane, Korngold. London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond., Vladimir Jurowski. Royal Festival Hall Recorded for EMI/Virgin

2007-08 Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart. Swansea City Opera

2007 Samson, Samson, Handel (concert). Cond. Martin Quinn. Dorchester Abbey

2007 Sportin’ Life, Porgy and Bess Suite, Gershwin (concert). Cheltenham Music Festival

2006 Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Mozart. Peacock Theatre, London. British Youth Opera

2005-06 Nanki-Poo, The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan. Buxton Int. G&S Festival Charles Court Opera

2006 Cenobite, Thaïs, Massenet. Grange Park Opera


St John Passion concert performances, English Touring Opera

Mass in Time of War, Haydn, Gwent Bach Society

St Matthew Passion, Bach (Tenor soloist) (Zaragoza, Spain)

St John Passion, Bach (Evangelist)

Magnificat, JS Bach

Messiah, Handel (Teatro Monumental, Madrid for RTVE. Bridgewater Sinfonia)

Samson, Handel

Magnificat, CPE Bach

Requiem, Mozart (Royal Albert Hall. Scratch Orchestra, cond., Brian Kay)

Various Mozart Masses including Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass

Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, Haydn

Creation, Haydn (Cairo Opera House)

Stabat Mater, Haydn (Luxembourg Radio)

Mass in C, Beethoven

An Die Freude (Symphony No.9), Beethoven

Requiem, Verdi

Das klagende Lied, Mahler (Royal Festival Hall. London Philharmonic Orch, cond., Vladimir Jurowski)

Carmina Burana, Orff (St Martin-in-the-Fields. London Chorus, cond., Ronald Corp)


2015 Guest Soloist, Loder, Raymond & Agnes (excerpts), Bath Philharmonia

2014 Guest Soloist, The Crossing, Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano Ensemble

2014 Guest Soloist in Trelawnyd Male Voice Choirs Annual Concert


Semi-finalist. 52nd Competition for the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, April 2007

Awards & Scholarships

2007 - Erich Vietheer Memorial Award, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2007 - Peter Moores Foundation Scholar for studies at the National Opera Studio

Future Plans

2017 Verdi Requiem, Cor Dyfed Choir, St David's Cathedral


The Coronation of Poppea, ETO, Planet Hugill, September 2013

'Gyeantey was simply superb as the old woman, Arnalta, incredibly believable in his movements and

actions……..he brought great character to his solos and was in all a complete delight.'

The Coronation of Poppea, ETO, The Guardian, September 2013

'Both the comic nurses – easily the most down-to-earth characters in the piece – are finely sung, Arnalta by John-Colyn Gyeantey '