One of Australia’s most acclaimed young tenors, JOHN LONGMUIR was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. John’s operatic studies took place at the Australian Opera Studio.
His awards encompass all of Australia's major Eisteddfods and competitions, having won the Herald Sun Aria, the Opera and Arts support group scholarship and the inaugural Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto award. Other prizes include the Royal Schools Music Competition, the McDonalds Operatic Aria, the Opera Foundation Australia's AUDI German Award, the More than Opera German-Australian Opera grant and the Australian National Eisteddfod.
In 2011 John was invited to join the Opera Australia young artists program making his debut as Almaviva in the Barber of Seville. Whilst in the program John’s other roles included Camille in the Merry Widow, Italian singer in Capriccio, Ballad singer in Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd, Tamino in the Magic Flute and Snout in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Since finishing the program John has sung all the major leggiero repertoire for Opera Australia including, Tamino in the Magic Flute, Nemorino in l’elisir d’amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Pong in Turandot, Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Fenton in Falstaff, Emilio in Partenope, Gastone in La Traviata, Nadir in Les pecheurs de perles and Narcisco in il Turco in Italia. He has also appeared with West Australian Opera as Almaviva in the Barber of Seville.
Also in demand on the concert platform, appearances have included Handel's Messiah with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Rossini's Stabat Mater with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Handel's Israel in Egypt with the Berliner Cappella, Belshazzar for the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Faure’s La Naissance de Venus at the Konzerthaus Berlin and numerous appearances for the International Foundation for Arts and Culture in Tokyo, Japan. In 2012 and 2014 he was invited by Richard Bonynge to appear as Grimoaldo in concert performances of Handel's Rodelinda. The first of which is now available as a commercial recording.
His upcoming 2016/17 schedule for Opera Australia includes Pong in Turandot, Tamino in the Magic Flute, Beppe in I Pagliacci, Gastone in La Traviata, Camille in The Merry Widow and a concert performance of The diary of the man who disappeared by Leos Janacek, he will also appear as Camille for West Australian Opera. Concert engagements will include Carmina Burana with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Elijah with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.