Baritone John Dooley has been praised by the The Wall Street Journal as “a warm, supple baritone” He is an outstanding crossover singer whose opera talent equals his flair for musical theater.
The 2015-16 season started with a debut with Pittsburgh’s Resonance Works as a soloist in The Bernstein Project and Trio member in Trouble in Tahiti. He returned to Opera Roanoke debuting Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd and to Pittsburgh CLO for A Musical Christmas Carol. On the concert stage he returned to Pittsburgh Concert Chorale for Mendelssohn’s Elijah in the title role and reprised An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein with Opera Theater of Connecticut.
The 2014-15 season saw a number of exciting role and house debuts for John. He debuted as Badger the Miner in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox with both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera and had the privilege of recording the role with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He debuted with the Erie Chamber Orchestra as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Other debuts include concerts with Opera Theater of Connecticut, First Coast Opera, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Texas Hill Country Opera and the Sanibel Music Festival. John also returned to Amarillo Opera as Storyteller/Running Bear in Thunder of Horses, to Alexandria Symphony for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and spent the summer at Quisisana Resort debuting Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
John Dooley’s 2013-14 season highlights included a return to Theater at Monmouth debuting Archibald Grosvenor in Patience; Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music with Arizona Broadway Theatre; and the title role in Gianni Schicchi at Quisisana Resort; In 2012-13 he joined the New York Philharmonic in the Emmy-nominated Live from Lincoln Center production of Carousel; Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Roanoke; Yamadori/Commissioner in Madama Butterfly with Amarillo Opera; Marcello in La Bohème at Quisisana Resort; and as the baritone soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with St. Vincent Camerata.
Highly acclaimed for his work in 20th and 21st Century Opera, John has appeared in a number of world premieres, including Lysander in Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Memphis/Playhouse on the Square (recorded on Albany Records), Johnny in Todd Goodman’s Night of the Living Dead with Microscopic Opera; Ashmodeus in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel with Opera Vivente; Noisy/Straw/Donkey in the touring premiere of Keith Jameson’s Petunia with FBN Productions; and Buck George in Richard Maltz’s Bambino as a guest artist with Opera at USC.
Other career highlights include Hermann (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at Portland Opera, Malatesta (Don Pasquale) with Amarillo Opera, Dancaïro (Carmen) with Opera Roanoke, Marquis D’Obigny (La traviata) at Opera Delaware, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) with Opera Piccola San Antonio, Schaunard (La Bohème) with Cartersville Opera, Riff (West Side Story) with Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Rolf Gruber (The Sound of Music) with Tulsa Opera, Bruce Granit (On the Twentieth Century) with Theater at Monmouth, Caroler (A Musical Christmas Carol) with Pittsburgh CLO, The Best of Sondheim with the Utah Symphony, Love Makes the World Go Round with Opera on the James and performances with Virginia Music Theater, So. of Broadway Theatre Company, The Columbia Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, The Arts Club of Washington, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Choral Society, Webster University Symphony Orchestra and The Thomas Circle Singers.