John Molloy is one of Ireland’s leading basses and hails from Birr. He studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and the National Opera Studio London. He made his Irish National Opera debut in April as Antonio The Marriage of Figaro. Roles he has undertaken for Opera Theatre Company include Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Trinity Moses in Weill’s Mahagonny, Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen and he also appeared in Stephen Deazley’s children’s opera BUG OFF!!!
Other roles include Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Scottish Opera), Guccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Royal Opera, London), Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (English National Opera), Arthur in Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse and Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands), Le Commandeur in Thomas’s La cour de Célimène (Wexford Festival Opera), Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca, Luka in Walton’s The Bear, Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth and Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (OTC and NI Opera), Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Holland Park), Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Bonze in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Lyric Opera), Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream (Opera Ireland) and Henry Kissinger in John Adams’s Nixon in China (Wide Open Opera).
His concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Shanghai Opera), Verdi’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s St Paul (RTÉ Concert Orchestra), Haydn’s Creation (Continuo Rotterdam), Handel’s Messiah (Rheinische Philharmonie Hallé) and Stravinsky’s Renard (London Sinfonietta).