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JOHN DUYKERS
Tenor


Internationally acclaimed tenor, John Duykers, made his professional operatic debut with Seattle Opera. Since then he has appeared with many of the leading opera companies of the world including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera, the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Frankfurt Opera, Opera de Marseille, the Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

He is particularly known for his performances of contemporary music, having sung in nearly 70 contemporary operas including 41 world premieres. He created the role of Mao Tse Tung in John Adams' Nixon in China, which he performed throughout the world. In fall 1996 he made his debut at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet, and in 1997 he was Dr. Lobo Guerrero in the premiere of Myron Fink's The Conquistador with San Diego Opera. Other notable performances include Mime in Siegfried with the Opera de Marseilles, and the role of Fattie in Mahagonny with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

He has been a frequent performer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and likewise has appeared regularly with San Francisco Opera in Thomson's The Mother of Us All, Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre; and at Los Angeles Opera where he sang in Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten. John Duykers has had a close association with a number of contemporary composers, notably John Adams, Philip Glass and Paul Dresher. He sang the premiere of Glass' In The Penal Colony and 2001 and Galileo Galilei in 2002.

John Duykers has appeared frequently with symphony orchestras throughout the United States including the National Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Tri-Cities Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Jose Symphony. His appearances at major festivals have included Aspen, the American Music Theater Festival, the Gaudeamus Music Week, Kaitheater Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 'Next Wave' Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the London International Festival of Theatre, Internationale Teaterfestival in Copenhagen, Edinburgh Festival, the Festival Internacional de Teatro of Granada and Juneau Jazz and Classics.

John Duykers has received critical acclaim in numerous productions of George Coates Performance Works, the Paul Dresher Ensemble and the A.Ga.Pe Performance Group, which have been seen on the world's most important contemporary music and theater stages.