John Bolton-Wood AM

The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

A celebrated performer and the winner of five Green Room Awards, John Bolton Wood AM was born in Sydney. John received his music education at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and the London Opera Centre and made his UK debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Bosun in Billy Budd.

John returned to Australia in 1973 to sing the role of Roderick Usher in Larry Sitzky’s Fall of the House of Usher, the first full-scale production to be staged at the Sydney Opera House. Since then he has appeared with all the State Opera companies and with Opera Australia in a wide variety of roles. John received great acclaim for his role as Old Deuteronomy in the Australian and Asian tour of Cats, which he sang for an astounding 1498 performances. He is also noted for his performances in the operetta repertoire, particularly in roles such as Agamemnon (La Belle Helene), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld) and his justly renowned interpretation of Frank (Die Fledermaus).

Recent and forthcoming engagements include Benoit and Alcindoro in La Bohème for Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Act III in a special staged gala concert with State Opera of SouthAustralia; Philippe in three seasons of Two Weddings, One Bride, Dottore Grenville in La Traviata for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Benoit in La Bohème and Sacristan in Tosca, all for Opera Australia; Sacristan, and Fra Melitone in La Forza del Destino for State Opera of South Australia; and Baron Zeta for Singapore Lyric Opera. He is also on the adjudication panel for the 2018 Lexus Song Quest in New Zealand.