Obituary: English Tenor John Mitchinson Dies, Aged 89

By Logan Martell

On December 17, 2021, English tenor John Mitchinson passed away at the age of 89.

Born in Blackrod, Lancashire, Mitchinson studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He made his professional debut as Jupiter in Händel’s “Semele” at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. From 1972 to 1978, he sang with the Sadler’s Wells opera company, before joining the Welsh National Opera. Throughout his career, he performed on stage, radio, television, and more, with companies such as English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Basle Opera, and Prague Opera, among others.

Among his notable roles were Peter Grimes, Tristan, Aegisthus, Floristan, Siegmund, Idomeneo, and more. He is also credited for singing the title role in Wagner’s “Rienzi,” with the 1976 BBC broadcast being one of the only complete performances of the work in recent history.

For his achievements, Mitchinson has received awards such as the Queens Prize and Royal Philharmonic Kathleen Ferrier Prize in 1956-1957, the 1953 Curtis Gold Medal, and the 1952 Ricordi Opera Prize.

He is survived by his two sons.