John Tomlinson has sung regularly with English National Opera since 1974 and with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, since 1977 and has also appeared with all the other leading British opera companies. He sang at the Bayreuth Festival for eighteen consecutive seasons as Wotan Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Wanderer Siegfried, Hagen Götterdämmerung, Titurel and Gurnemanz Parsifal, King Marke Tristan Und Isolde, Heinrich Lohengrin and title role Der Fliegende Holländer. Other engagements include Geneva, Lisbon, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper), Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and Bilbao and the Festivals of Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Edinburgh and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. His repertoire further includes Hans Sachs Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg, Landgraf Tannhäuser, Baron Ochs Der Rosenkavalier, Boromeo Palestrina, Orestes Elektra, Moses Moses Und Aron, Green Knight in the world première of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain And The Green Knight, Claggart Billy Budd, Rocco Fidelio, King Philip and Grand Inquisitor Don Carlos, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Leporello and Commendatore Don Giovanni, Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr Miracle and Dapertutto Les Contes D’hoffmann, Golaud and Arkel Pelléas Et Mélisande, Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk, title role and Pimen Boris Godunov, The General The Gambler and the title role in the world première of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur.
John Tomlinson has a large concert repertoire and has sung with all the leading British orchestras and in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Denmark and the U.S.A. He has made many recordings including Wotan, Wanderer, Hagen, Hans Sachs, Titurel, Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte, Leporello, and title roles Le nozze di Figaro and Blubeard's Castle, Beethoven Choral Symphony, Messiah, Acis and Galatea and the Verdi Requiem. Videos include Maria Stuarda, Peter Grimes, Giulio Cesare, Rigoletto, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and The Minotaur. Engagements in the 2011/12 season include Pogner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Baron Ochs Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera, Grand Inquisitor Don Carlos for De Nederlandse Opera, Arkel Pelleas et Melisande for Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona and a European tour in the title role of Bluebeard’s Castle. Future performances include the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg, Antwerp, Copenhagen and Berlin.