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John Duykers made his operatic debut with the Seattle Opera in 1966. Since then, he has appeared with many of the leading opera companies in the world including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Los Angeles Opera.
Mr. Duykers is particularly well known for his performances of contemporary music, having sung in 120 contemporary operas including 72 world premieres. He created the role of Chairman Mao in John Adams’ Nixon in China, which premiered with the Houston Grand Opera and has been performed throughout the world. Philip Glass has written three roles for Mr. Duykers, including The Visitor (in The Penal Colony) and the role of the Older Galileo in Galileo/Galilei. Paul Dresher has written several roles for Mr. Duykers, including his role as a king in The Tyrant, which premiered in 2003 and has appeared in various venues around the U.S.
In 1990, Mr. Duykers started a production company with Melissa Weaver (established as First Look Sonoma in 2010). They have created more than 25 new music theater performance works, including A.ga.pe with Hitomi Ikuma; Trespass Knot with composer Miguel Frasconi; and Serial Murderess, Winchester Rosary and D’Arc: Woman on Fire written and performed by Amanda Moody.
Mr. Duykers will perform on Sunday, July 5.