John Tomlinson (bass)
Sir John Rowland Tomlinson bass.(born 22 September 1946) is an English
Tomlinson was born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England. He trained as a civil engineer at Manchester University before deciding on a career in opera at age 21. He studied with Patrick McGuigan at the Royal Northern College of Music and with Otakar Kraus. Whilst studying at the RNCM, he was a member of the Manchester Universities Gilbert and Sullivan Society (MUGSS). He sings regularly with the Royal Opera and English National Opera, and has appeared with all the major British opera companies. He has sung at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany every year from 1988 to 2006, as Wotan, the Wanderer, King Marke, Titurel, Gurnemanz, Hagen and the Dutchman. In 2008, he created the title role in Harrison Birtwistle's opera The Minotaur at the Royal Opera House.
In 2014 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
- Tomlinson in conversation with Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3's In Tune program, 24 November 2014
- "BBC News - Opera star Sir John Tomlinson awarded medal". BBC Online. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Official website
- Interview The Independent - Michael White 30-01-1994
- Interview with Sir John Tomlinson by Bruce Duffie, December 16, 1991