Jonathan Eyers is a baritone from Hamilton, New Zealand, and has recently completed the Opera Studies Course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Robert Dean. Jonathan holds a Master of Performance with Distinction from Guildhall and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of Waikato.
Operatic experience includes Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Perückenmacher and Harlekin (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos (Garsington Opera), Ernie (cover) in It’s a Wonderful Life (English National Opera), Bonafede in Il mondo della luna (Bampton Classical Opera), Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking, Ben in The Telephone, Tancredi in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Simon in Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune, Der Zar in Weill’s Der Zar lässt sich photographieren, Pierrot in Smyth’s Fête Galante (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Crook in Candide (London Symphony Orchestra/Barbican), Derek Stevens in Matt Geer’s Sane and Sound (Grimeborn Festival), Schaunard in La bohème (Berlin Italian Opera), and Billy in Ross Harris’ Brass Poppies (NZ Opera). In 2023, Jonathan was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera. Roles performed in opera scenes include Belcore, Eisenstein, Hamlet, Il Conte, Malatesta, and Pelléas.
Jonathan is an Oxford Song Young Artist, a City Music Foundation Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and a founding member of Whānau Voices. Recent song performance highlights include recitals at St Martin-in-the-fields and Oxford Song’s Spring Song Festival, and recording Detlev Glanert’s Gesang des Achill for BBC Radio 3. This year Jonathan premiered new song works by Emily Hazrati, Nathan Williamson, and Luka Venter and will be performing in this year’s Oxford International Song Festival.
Jonathan is very grateful for previous support from Help Musicians, Tait Memorial Trust, Kiwi Music Trust, New Zealand Opera Trust, Hunn Educational Trust, and the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.
Updated July 2023. This biography should not be reproduced without asking permission from the National Opera Studio.