John Chest


"The poised intensity of Chest’s presence and delivery complements the dark, rich colours in his voice, but the quicksilver wit of Rossini’s Figaro is also in his armoury..."

Opera Now

"In the title role [of Billy Budd], John Chest sounded tenorishly clear and agile, reserving a fuller, fleshier sound for the ‘Darbies’ solo."


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American baritone John Chest is winner of the prestigious 2010 Stella Maris International Vocal Competition and the Arleen Auger Prize in the 2012 Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition.  Until September 2016 he was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his roles included the title role of Billy Budd in a new production by David Alden, Valentin Faust, Ford Falstaff, Silvio Pagliacci, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, and Il Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro

Highlights of the 2016-17 season include Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Philadelphia); Nick Carraway The Great Gatsby (Staatsoper Dresden); and a return to 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.

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