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

Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations, Week 9

“Sheltering Our Dreams” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Nine Master Class

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds

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.

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Nine, John drew inspiration from the interfaith theme The Future We Want, The World We Need  

He says: 

“Sir Edward Elgar dedicated his Variations on an Original Theme "to my friends pictured within." This playlist is an exploration, not only of Elgar's friends, but of all the people and relationships that we carry with us. The future we want and the world we need will always center on the people who inspire us to move forward, who encourage our progress, and who walk beside us throughout the journey. You will hear each movement of Sir Edward's Variations, accompanied by other expressions of our journey into the future and those who journey with us. I hope you enjoy it.”