Jonathan Veira

Jonathan Veira’s extensive repertoire includes the title role in Falstaff, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Leporello Don Giovanni, Dr Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro, Don Magnifico La cenerentola, Dr Bartolo Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mustafa L’Italiana in Algeri, Fra Melitone La forza del destino, Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore, Tonio Pagliacci, Schaunard La Bohème (Leoncavallo), Sharpless Madama Butterfly, Sacristan Tosca, Don Alvaro La vedova scaltra, Buonafede Il mondo della luna (Haydn), Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen, Kolenatý The Makropulos Case, Dikoi Kat’a Kabanova, The Foreman Jenůfa, Keçal The Bartered Bride, Claggart Billy Budd, Hobson Peter Grimes, and Varlaam Boris Godunov.

Among the conductors he has worked with are David Atherton, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Vladimir Jurowsky, Jirí Kout, Jon Marin, Antonio Pappano and Michael Schønwandt

Jonathan Veira appears regularly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. His international engagements have taken him to the Opera de Lyon, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Opernhaus Leipzig, Norwegian National Opera, the Opéra du Rhin, Opera New Zealand, and the opera companies of Montpellier and Nice. He was a featured artist in the Lehnhoff Janacek cycle at Opéra de Lyon in the roles of Dr Kolenatý The Makropulos Case, Dikoi Kat’a Kabanova, and The Foreman Jenůfa.

In the United Kingdom Jonathan Veira has also appeared with Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. As a concert artist Jonathan Veira has performed in major venues including the BBC Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

On television Jonathan Veira has appeared in Death in Venice, Le nozze di Figaro, The Electrification of the Soviet Union, La traviata and Königskinder. Radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 have included Tancredi and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio’s Friday Night Is Music Night and BBC Television’s Songs of Praise.

Jonathan Veira has recorded for Opera Rara and his début solo CD Of Fire and Dew (The Songs of John Jeffreys) is available on the SOMM label. He received warm critical acclaim for his recording of Dr Bartolo The Marriage of Figaro for Chandos Records.

In recent seasons, Jonathan Veira’s engagements have included Dr Bartolo Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park, Mustafa for Opera de Limoges, Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream, General Groves Dr Atomic, Varlaam Boris Godunov and Sacristan Tosca for English National Opera, Don Magnifico La cenerentola for the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour, Dr Bartolo Il barbiere di Siviglia for Norwegian National Opera, Würfl, Caroskvouci and De Konsel The Adventures of Mr Broucek and Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Mustafa L’Italiana in Algeri for the opera theatres of Lille, Amiens and Caen, Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore at Opernhaus Leipzig, Dr Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro and Le Bailli Werther for the Royal Opera, Frank Die Fledermaus and Father Augustine Betrothal in a Monastery for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the title roles in Falstaff and Don Pasquale for Glyndebourne on Tour and Hobson Peter Grimes with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowsky.

Jonathan Veira recently performed Amonasro Aida for Opera Holland Park.  He returns to Holland Park this  Summer to sing Don Magnifico La Cenerentola.

April 2016

Don Pasquale (Title Role) / Glyndebourne on Tour

“ . . . This is a very witty, sexy production with a brilliant performance at its heart: Jonathan Veira’s Don Pasquale is the quintessence of ‘buffo’, larger than life and utterly credible. . .”

Michael Church / The Independent

“ . . .One of our best buffo basses, Jonathan Veira, makes Pasquale touchingly vulnerable and doesn’t play for cheap laughs . . .”

 Rupert Christiansen / Daily Telegraph

“ . . . Jonathan Veira an expert and deeply touching Pasquale. . .”

 George Hall / The Stage

 “ . . .Sensationally sung...Veira's subtle and endearingly eccentric Pasquale is among the finest – he and Bodarenko stop the show with their second-act duet. . .”

Tim Ashley / The Guardian

“ . . .Jonathan Veira in brilliant form in the title role. . .”

 William Hartston / Daily Express

“ . . . Jonathan Veira’s Pasquale was a complex, touching creation, delivered with a full complement of old buffo skills, newly and convincingly minted.  . “

 George Hall / Opera

“ . . . In the title role, Jonathan Veira is at the height of his buffopowers, singing and interacting well with the bright-toned Ainhoa Garmendia as Norina and the firm-voiced, smoothly pattering Malatesta of Andrei Bondarenko . . .”

 Sunday Telegraph

“ . . . Here's a comic (bass) baritone now in his vintage prime. The big eyes which Veira uses without resort to mugging, the relaxed body language, the impeccable delivery of Italian recitative: all these raise him to the level of the consummate buffo performer . . .”

David Nice / The Arts Desk


Don Magnifico / La cenerentola / Glyndebourne on Tour

'“ . . . The evening’s masterpiece, however, was Jonathan Veira’s Don Magnifico , sung (really sung) with a full armoury of buffo skills that found just the right balance in presenting the character’s huge negative charge while remaining funny. This was a great comic performance. . .”


'“ . . . the evening's star turn is Jonathan Veira's brilliant Don Magnifico, whose nastiness he judges to a nicety. . .”

     The Guardian

'“ . . . Jonathan Veira’s pot-bellied Don Magnifico ... fulcrums around which the remainder of the cast pivots - disarmingly deft in the tiniest gesture (and with vocal apparatus to match) . . .”

   The Stage

'“ . . . Jonathan Veira ... effervescent in the buffo role of Magnifico. . .”

  The Daily Telegraph

'“ . . . What really lifted the production, however, was the comic performances of Joan Martin-Royo as Dandini the valet and, even more, Jonathan Veira as Don Magnifico, the fat, drunken father of the girls. Wherever this is performed, it will surely be the best pantomime in town. . .”

      The Daily Express

Falstaff  (Title Role) / Glyndebourne on Tour

“ . . .Jonathan Veira’s Falstaff — skilfully acted and smoothly sung. ...Veira is the classiest performer . . .”

The Times

“ . . .the magnificently gluttonous Sir John Falstaff - sung and acted with brilliant, gleeful energy and insight by Jonathan Veira . . .”

The Guardian

The Sacristan / Tosca / English National Opera

“ . . .Jonathan Veira’s well-routined Sacristan . . .”

Hugh Canning / The Sunday Times

“ . . .Jonathan Veira's lively Sacristan . . .”

 Dominic McHugh / Musican Criticism

Varlaam / Boris Godunov / English National Opera

 “ . . .and Jonathan Veira has rollicking fun as the drunken Varlaam . . .”

Sunday Telegraph

“ . . .warmly sung Innkeeper (Yvonne Howard) and Varlaam (Jonathan Veira) are not to be sniffed at . . .”

The Independent on Sunday

“ . . .outclassed by Brindley Sherratt's noble scribe Pimen and Joathan Veira's rumbustious monk-on-the-run Varlaam . . .”

The Stage



Jonathan Veira