John Duykers, Tenor “The Daruma doll”
Internationally acclaimed tenor, John Duykers, has appeared with many of the leading opera companies of the world including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Royal Opera Covent Garden, among many others. He is particularly known for his performances of contemporary music, having sung in more than 100 contemporary operas including 50 plus world premieres. Among these, he created the role of Mao Tse Tung in John Adams’ Nixon in China which he performed throughout the world. Duykers has a close association with many contemporary composers, notably Philip Glass and Paul Dresher. He sang for the premiere of Glass’ White Raven, In the Penal Colony and the title role of Galileo Galilei, and premiered Paul Dresher’s solo opera The Tyrant.
Duykers has been featured in new operas including Libby Larsen’s Everyman Jack, Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar, Ann LeBaron’s Crescent City, Erling Wold’s Sub Pontio Pilato and Mordake, Allan Shearer’s The Dawn Makers, Don Davis’ Rio De Sangre, Xenia by Thomas Sleeper, Caliban Dreams by Amanda Moody and Clark Suprynowicz, The Daughter of the Red Tzar by Lisa Scola-Prosek, Holodomor by Virko Baley, SAGA of the 21st Century Girl by Sheli Nan, Miguel Frasconi’s Trespass Knot and Hand to Mouth, and in Amanda Moody and Kurt Rohde’s Bitter Harvest.
He can be heard on numerous recordings of opera and contemporary music including the Grammy and Emmy Award winning Nixon In China, in the PBS Great Performances series.