John Graham-Hall studied at King’s College‚ Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. He has sung with all the major British opera companies where roles include Albert Herring‚ Tanzmeister Ariadne auf Naxos and Monostatos (Royal Opera House‚ Covent Garden)‚ Vanya Kudrjas Katya Kabanova‚ Flute Midsummer Night’s Dream‚ Basilio and Bob Boles
(Glyndebourne Festival Opera)‚ Valzacchi‚ Basilio‚ Monostatos‚ Lysander Herod (English National Opera)‚ Cassio (Welsh National Opera)‚ Eisenstein‚ Schoolmaster The Cunning Little Vixen (Scottish Opera)‚ Aschenbach‚ Lysander‚ Albert Herring and Ferrando (Glyndebourne Touring Opera)‚ Mayor Albert Herring‚ Elcius Croesus and Dr Caius (Opera North) and Dada in the premiere of Nyman’s Man and Boy (Almeida Opera). He was until recently a member of the English National Opera.
John Graham-Hall has worked with conductors including Haitink‚ Harnoncourt‚ Boulez‚ Andrew Davis‚ Tate‚ Rattle‚ Gardiner and Abbado. He has given concerts all over Europe and with the major British orchestras‚ and appeared frequently at the Barbican and the South Bank. Recent concerts include Messiah (Minnesota)‚ Henze’s Kammermusik 1958 (Purcell Room and Stuttgart‚ under Markus Stenz)‚ Winterreise (St. John’s Smith Square with Malcolm Martineau)‚ Britten War Requiem (Gothenburg Cathedral)‚ Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake (BBC Proms under Libor Pesek)‚ Peter Grimes (Lisbon) and Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love (Barbican)‚ both with Richard Hickox ‚ Paris King Priam (BBC National Orchestra of Wales) and 2011 Three Choirs Festival Dream of Gerontius. Recordings include Carmina Burana‚ Lloyd Webber songs‚ A Midsummer Night’s Dream‚ Peter Grimes and Wozzeck (Chandos).
John Graham-Hall comes from Lincolnshire stock. His mother (Betty Hall, née Minns) was born in Grimsby and his father (Leonard Hall) in Cleethorpes. Leonard’s family had strong connections with Louth, where his great uncle, Maurice Hall, was Mayor in 1950. Other members of the Hall family who lived in Louth were Maurice’s sister Mildred, who died in the 1970’s, and Bryan, who died some five years ago.