Bridgewater Sinfonia, Berkhamsted

John Bernays


Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem – 7 June 2008

John was born in Queensland, Australia. In 1986, he won a postgraduate research scholarship to New College, Oxford, where he completed an M.Phil and was a clerk in New College Choir. He has worked extensively in opera and as a concert artist. Concert engagements include Carmina Burana and Fauré’s Requiem (Barbican), Creation (Lichfield Cathedral and Australia) Bach’’s Magnificat (English Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Bach Choir), Britten’s War Requiem (Three Choirs Festival, St. Alban’s Abbey) and St John Passion (Oxford and tour with Australian Chamber Orchestra). He sings Chirstus on the acclaimed Naxos recording of St John Passion.

He has also performed regularly with Florilegium, The Finzi Singers, The Academy of Ancient Music and the Monteverdi Choir. He has performed with numerous opera companies, including English Touring Opera, Kent Opera, New Chamber Opera, Scottish Opera Go Round and at Le Chatelet, Paris and the Salzsburg Festival. Repertory includes Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Don Alfonso, Dandini, Angelotti, Sharpless, Marullo, Don Fernando, Dancairo, Alfio and Nick Shadow. He joined the Royal Opera Chorus in 2002. Roles for the company have included Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Chernikovsky (Boris Godunov), Sergeant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Maître d’hôtel (La Rondine). He was also the baritone soloist for the Royal Ballet’s staging of Faure’s Requiem.