John Shea was born in Kingston-upon-Thames and studied at the Royal College of Music (Junior Department), Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. In 2001 he completed an MMus at London University. His operatic experience includes fifteen years at the Wexford Festival, nine seasons with Castleward Opera (Belfast) and a number of productions for Dublin Grand Opera Society. He has also been a guest repetiteur at the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Scottish Opera, and has worked regularly over the last decade for English Touring Opera, including the Olivier Award-winning Spring 2014 season. Engagements abroad have taken him to France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Canada. He has played for two previous national premiere productions of Powder Her Face, in Italy (2010) and Poland (2015). He also works for the BBC, reading the news on the World Service and presenting Radio 3 Through the Night.