John Marshall was born and educated in Edinburgh. He started singing at school, joining many choral societies and choirs where
he was soon chosen as a soloist. At the young age of 16 he sang bass arias from Fidelio for Peter Gellhorn who encouraged him
grately. He continued to sing semi professionally until 1992, when he joined Napier University to study singing at a higher level.
Studying voice with Andrew Doig at Napier, John won the Harold Grey singing competition two years in succession.
He then entered the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on the B.Mus. course studying voice with Jeffery Lawton, Britain’s
leading Wagnerian tenor. It was then his voice changed from baritone to tenor. Shortly after, he was engaged by Frankfurt oper
this led to engagements all over the world singing concert repertoire as diverse as Berios Labarintus to Handel’s Messiah, Burgons
Revelations to Beethoven’s 9th symphony And in opera, he was engaged in Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Li Roi la dit, Der Frieschutz,
In 1999 he joined the West End production of “Phantom of the Opera” a show he was to have a long association with.
Then came London City Opera and Columbia Artist Managements American tour of Carmen, 83 performances all over the
United States. In the same year John sang in Kuala Lumpur, Manus in Brazil, Tenerife, France and Spain, before being invited
back to “Phantom”.
John sang his first professional operatic role in his native Edinburgh - Carmen at the festival theatre in 2002 followed by Titus
in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and Radames in Aida.
In 2006 he joined Scottish Opera for their productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, and Der Rosenkavalier, he also sang Pinkerton in
Madam Butterfly during Scottish Operas many “unwrap” opera performances and for Opera Box during there summer tour around
Wales and the south of England, He was also engaged By English National Opera for Their production of Cavalleria Rusticana.
Recent engagements include Last night of the Spring proms for Raymond Gubbay productions and singing the role of Pinkerton
in English National Opera’s award wining Anthony Mingela production of Madam Butterfly.
In recent years John has continued to work with Scottish Opera and maintains a busy schedule on the concert platform.
John has regularly appeared with The wee 3 tenors at The Brunton Theatre, and had his own slot of showtunes at the Gleneagles
Hogmany show and has led the singing of the rugby national anthem at Murrayfield against Australia although it didnt
help the final score.
As Music director of Opera East Lothian he has conducted many performance of works such as, La Belle Helene, Don Giovanni
Nabucco, Elisir D'amore, Iolanthe, Israel in Egypt, Messiah, Requiems of Mozart and Faure.
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