John is greatful to 'marcomirandaxx' for kindly posting a clip of him singing the aria 'Largo al Factotum' from the Glyndebourne production of
'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' on YouTube
It can be viewed by clicking here so please take a look!
John is also greatful to Shawn Melon for posting on YouTube the film of English National Opera's famous production of 'Rigoletto'.
It can be viewed in its entirety by following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVKaw05aDII
John was thrilled to be asked to film the role of 'Director' in Pudsey: The Movie on the 8th of October.
John is singing the role of 'Sharpless' in the Co-Opera-Co production of Madame Butterfly, directed by Jacopo Spirei, at The Hackney Empire on the 3rd and 6th of September. Tickets may be purchased by clicking on the Hackney Empire link above.
On the 5th of August, John flies to Sofia, Bulgaria in order to film the role of 'Russo' in the movie 'God The Father' directed by Simon Fellows.
John has been helping quite a few young singers this year with vocal technique - mainly baritones, basses and tenors. So he was thrilled when Kate Flowers, one of the founders of Co-Opera-Co, asked him if he would consider singing the role of 'Sharpless' in their forcoming production of 'Madama Butterfly'.
On May the 30th John will be appearing in a matinee performance of Victorian Music Hall at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.
Glorious show at the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Victorian Music Hall at it's best - with the wonderful Jan Hunt (Producer) and the lovely Johnny Dennis as Chairman.
After finishing the pantomime in January 2012 at The Hall for Cornwall in Truro, John has been teaching and coaching singers plus building the odd website and giving Apple Mac Computer Support to friends of a 'certain age' who have bought Apple Computers and need his help!
John is delighted to appear again with Ian Marshall Fisher's Lost Musicals company. This time the show is 'Aladdin', written by S.J. Perelman and Cole Porter for The DuPont Show of the Month on American television.
He was born in Coventry, England in 1897. He made his way to New York where he became a Broadway star of both dramas and musicals. He created the role of Francois Villon in Rudolph Friml's 'The Vagabond King' in 1925, in which he also made his sound film debut opposite Jeanette MacDonald with Lillian Roth and Warner Oland in 1930. He also starred with Laurel and Hardy in the film of Auber's opera 'Fra Diavolo' in 1933. He was very active on early television in America.
The production is directed by Ian Marshall Fisher and performances are again in the Lillian Bayliss Studio at Sadler's Wells on 19th and 26th August at 4pm, on Saturday 1st September at 2.30pm and 5.30pm, and again on Sunday 2nd at 4pm.
Caroline Jowett - Daily Express - August 24th
...... John Rawnsley has a fine rich voice as the Astrologer ........
Paul Vale - The Stage - August 20th
.......John Rawnsley as the Astrologer makes much of the delightful ballad 'Trust Your Destiny to Your Star'.........
Julia Rank - Hornsey & Muswell Hill Journal, Islington Gazette - August 22nd
........John Rawnsley provides the afternoon's real vocal heft as the Astrologer ......
Chris Hislop at onestoparts.com
........and John Rawnsley gives a fine, operatic performance as the Astrologer, although he is sadly restricted to only a couple of songs.........
Matt Martin - British Theatre Guide - August 26th
........John Rawnsley is in good voice as the Astrologer ........
On the 5th and 6th of October John will be performing a variety of Victorian ballads at the newly restored Leeds City Varieties Music Hall.
John is pleased to announce that he has been asked to return to Truro to star again in Pantomime during the Christmas Holidays. After the success of last year's production of 'Sleeping Beauty' this year's production is 'Robinson Crusoe and The Cornish Pirates' and is to be seen at the wonderful Hall for Cornwall
During this period John, along with his wife Nuala Willis, will be filming and singing in the movie 'Quartet' directed by Dustin Hoffman and with a screenplay by Ronald Harwood from his play of the same name. The cast is led by: Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney and Billy Connolly.
Touring with Heritage Opera in Jonathan Dove's 'Mansfield Park'.
JF Wakefield - Austenonly.
'...... John Rawnsley was a wonderful Sir Thomas'.
Michael Cookson - Seen and Heard International
'........ I also liked John Rawnsley as Sir Thomas Bertram for his strong, rounded tone'.
Roderic Dunnett - Music and Vision
'........There are some fine large cameo roles, not least for the first-rate baritone John Rawnsley, always characterful and commanding onstage and here predictably impressive as the paterfamilias Sir Thomas Bertram.'
'Rawnsley is an inspiring presence and inventive actor, with a striking range spanning the casually comic (the enjoyably Britten-like 'Who are these Crawfords?'), the benign, concerned and caring (his relations with Fanny are profoundly tender and paternal) and the explosive and outraged (as when he returns to find the play in full flow ........
In July John begins rehearsals for a production of 'Mansfield Park', a new Chamber Opera by Jonathan Dove. The new opera was commisioned three years ago by Chris Gill, the then artistic director of Heritage Opera, now their Chairman and Musical Director. The World Premier of 'Mansfield Park' will take place in August 2011, with a libretto by Alisdair Middleton based on the novel by Jane Austen.
John will be singing the role of 'Sir Thomas Bertram' and John's wife, Nuala Willis will sing the role of 'Lady Bertram' in the production to be directed by Michael McCaffery and conducted by Heritage Opera's Musical Director, Chris Gill.
On June the 11th John will be singing in a Victorian Music Hall at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch.
On May 15th John will sing at an Anniverary Concert in Colne, Lancashire to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the 'Colne Orpheus Glee Union'.
The Christmas Holidays and the Pantomime season will soon be upon us, and this Christmas John is pleased to announce that he will be starring in a production of 'Sleeping Beauty,' in conjunction with Ian Liston's Hiss and Boo Theatre Company
For the first time for many years John and his wife, the singer and actress Nuala Willis, will sadly not be spending Christmas together or with family. This is because Nuala is playing the 'Queen of Transalvania' in a production of 'My Fair Lady' at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris!
In April John is pleased to announce that he will play the role of 'John Heppenstall' a cotton mill owner in a production of 'The Northerners,' a play by Harold Brighouse, directed by Tim Newns for the Finborough Theatre in London.
Harold Brighouse remains best known for his 1916 classic 'Hobson's Choice.'
Rehearsals begin on March 9th and the premiere will be at the Finborough Theatre on Sunday April 4th with performances on the 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th of April.
Here are some reviews for 'The Northerners':
Lizzie Loveridge - 'Curtain Up'
Johnny Fox - 'thepublicreviews'
Robert Tanitch - 'The British Theatre Guide'
On March 7th John will be singing in a concert given by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir in St. Albans Cathedral.
In December 2007 John begins rehearsals for the roles of Dr. Bartolo and Antonio in a new production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' with the Armonico Consort conducted by Christopher Monks.
"Operatic comedy at its finest......John Rawnsley's lovable Dr Bartolo......Rawnsley is an old-stager with many a hilarious comic turn: it's a bit like watching 1950s costume drama or Music-Hall, with gags straight out of the RADA's dressing-up cupboard. Wholly apt for Bartolo -- the 'revelation' scene was an utter hoot. The icing on the cake was Rawnsley's Antonio (talk about a quick change!), peppered with a wholly different set of walks and gestures, brazenly presumptuous with his master, and handsomely sung. Like watching an Old Master".
The Independent, April 7th
The 'Enchanted Pig' continues at the Young Vic through January until the final performance, on Saturday the 28th of January.
June 2007 update.
At the moment John is enjoying teaching and coaching voices - mainly baritones in various roles. He is also enjoying imparting his knowledge of stage and concert platform technique - something dear to his heart - to young singers of all voices.
He is also, with his accompanist Mark Packwood, putting together a programme of Sea Songs by the British composers Michael Head, Frederick Keel and John Ireland. Also rarely performed songs by Ivor Gurney and Willie B Manson - who was sadly killed on the Western Front.
In March 2006 John will sing two concert performances of Handel's 'Messiah' with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth.
On the 2nd of April John will again sing 'The Priest' and the 'Angel Of The Agony' in a performance of Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius' with the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir at Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth.
On Saturday the 5th of August John will be the Narrator in a performance of 'Side by Side by Sondheim' given by the Opera Project at West Green House, Surrey.
In October John will begin rehearsals in London with The Young Vic Theatre Company for 'a musical tale' called 'The Enchanted Pig' composed by Jonathan Dove with lyrics by Alasdair Middleton, in which John will sing the roles of 'King Hildebrand' and 'The North Wind'.
John will sing the title role in Verdi's 'Falstaff' in June for Stanley Hall Opera at Stanley Hall, Halstead.The production will be directed by Michael McCaffery using Amanda Holden's English translation and Jonathan Dove's imaginative reworking of the score for chamber orchestra conducted by Orlando Jopling.
During the latter half of October 2005 John will visit Vietnam to sing the role of 'Tonio' in two performances of Leoncavallo's 'Pagliacci' on the 27th and 28th October at the Opera House, Hanoi.
Concert engagements during 2005 will include Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. 'A Sea Symphony' by Vaughan Williams with Bedford Choral Society, 'Carmina Burana' with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Cleobury at Reading on October 7th, Puccini's 'Messa di Gloria' at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford on December 3rd.