Tenor John Mac Master continues to enjoy a performing career in opera and in concert that has taken him all over the world. Career highlights include Florestan/Fidelio with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, and with Valery Gergiev in Rotterdam; Beethoven Ninth with Bernard Haitink and the London Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican and New York’s Lincoln Center; Canio/Pagliacci and Tristan/Tristan und Isolde (James Levine) for the Metropolitan Opera; Calaf/Turandot (Fabio Luisi) for Dresden SemperOper; Prince/Love for Three Oranges, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Verdi Requiem with Opera Australia (Richard Hickox), Bacchus/Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Victoria (Melbourne) and Vancouver Opera; Aegisth/Elektra for San Francisco Opera, Opera Vancouver, Canadian Opera Company; Herodes/Salome in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Montréal, Vancouver, New Orleans. He is most closely identified with the roles of Canio/Pagliacci, Verdi’s Otello, and Peter Grimes – all of which he has sung across Canada and the U.S.
On the concert stage, Mac Master has performed Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass (Sir Charles Mackerras, Birmingham; Robert Spano and Atlanta Symphony, Carnegie Hall), Verdi Requiem (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain, Philadelphia Orchestra), Schoenberg Gurrelieder (Singapore, Barcelona), Mahler Eighth Symphony (Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton).
Mac Master’s recordings include Beethoven Fidelio (London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis), Beethoven Ninth Symphony (London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink), Prokofiev Love for Three Oranges (Opera Australia, Hickox), von Weber Euryanthe (Polish Radio Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz) and Handel Berenice (Brewer Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Palmer).
Born in Moncton, N.B. and educated in Montréal and New York, his principal teachers include JoAnne Bentley, Shirlee Emmons, Richard Cassilly, and most significantly: William Riley.