Baritone and director
GRAMMY® nominated baritone and director, Johnathan McCullough recently premiered his production of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs produced by Opera Philadelphia which opened the O22 Festival Film Series at the Philadelphia Film Society. The work was nominated for an International Opera Award and won the Artistic Creation Prize at the inaugural Opera America Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera.
He has sung leading roles at Opera Philadelphia, Komische Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis among others. He was set to make his company and role debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper singing the role of Faber in Tippett’s The Knot Garden which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnathan was selected by Renée Fleming to take part in the Weill Institute Song Studio at Carnegie Hall where he performed in concert. He will present a recital under the Carnegie Hall organization later this season with pianist Carol Wong.
He holds a BM, MM, and Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music and has been engaged as a guest lecturer with institutions including The Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Mannes Opera, UCLA, Pacific Opera Victoria, and Young Arts: The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts among others. He also serves as Opera Program Director for the GRAMMY® Award-winning National Children's Chorus leading its cutting-edge annual Vail Opera Camp. Johnathan is a member of the Recording Academy and the Beth Morrison Projects 2022 Producer Academy Cohort.
As a director, McCullough’s work has been noted as “A pacesetter for cinematic opera.” -The New Times.