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Born in Preston, John Winfield studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and in Milan on Arts Council and Countess of Munster scholarships. He made his Glyndebourne début in 1965 before joining Sadler’s Wells Opera. He has sung with English National Opera, English Opera Group, New Opera Company, Phoenix Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North and has performed in operas for BBC radio and television. He made his Royal Opera début in 1972 as the scribe in Khovanshchina, later appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, We Come to the River, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Carmen, Turandot, Boris Godunov, Death in Venice and Don Pasquale. He has made recordings with major companies and has also sung major rôles in France, Belgium, Italy, South Africa and Australia.

Role: Classical Artist 
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