About John

John David Nevergall Select credits: Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) with Opera Columbus; Carmen (Don José) and La bohème (Rodolfo) with the Missouri Symphony; The Little Prince (Snake/Vain Man), Turandot (L’Imperatore Altoum, Calàf cover), and Faust (Faust cover) with Tulsa Opera; Emmeline (Matthew Gurney), Werther (Werther), Angels in America (Louis Ironson), and La Tragédie de Carmen (Don José) with Boston University Opera Institute.
Awards: Phyllis Curtin Award (Boston University Opera Institute, 2017), Dorsey Family Award (Central City Opera, 2016), John & Ginny Starkey Award (Central City Opera, 2014), Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Boston District, 2016)—District Winner, Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Institute Grant (2015).
Education: Boston University Opera Institute (Performance Certificate, 2017), Ohio State University (Master of Music, 2011), Valparaiso University (Bachelor of Arts, 2008).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 2

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour A

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Week Six Master Class

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long


Young Artist Interview

John NevergallQ: What is your hometown?
A: Elmore, Ohio.

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: As an audience-member? I believe it was Rossini's La Cenerentola. I was 19 years old.

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: I was Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors when I was 11. 

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: Minnie from Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. She is kind and caring, yet tough as nails and fiercely loyal to those she loves.

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: I greatly admire Jonathan Burton -- the artist and the person.

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: Navigating the process of telling a story in collaboration with so many people. Some of my favorite days are rehearsal days, when things start to click and the production transforms from ink on a page to stories being told in real-time. 

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: Mint chocolate chip. No contest.

Photo caption: John David Nevergall as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at Opera Columbus. Photo credit: Randall L. Schieber.