The following biographical information was kindly provided to me by Laura Folley (John Eagar's wife)

JOHN EAGAR, bass-baritone

Born in Cape Town, John Eagar was one of the founder members of the CAPAB Opera Company.  He continued his studies under Fred Dalberg and Lawrence Folley.  In 1986 he was appointed as a principal soloist and was awarded the The Nederburg Special Opera Prize for his portrayal of Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville.

A great variety of roles ranging from opera buffa to Wagner followed, and led to his being awarded the Nederburg Prize for Opera a second time in 1992.  In 1993 he sang his first Fliegende Holländer, with fellow cast members Marita Napier and Don Garrard, conducted by Reinhard Schwartz, in a Gunther Schneider-Siemssen production to great critical acclaim.

John has sung leading roles in four World Premières of South African operas (two of which were televised).  Equally at ease in Musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan, one of John's favourite memories was his grand entrance as Pooh-Bah on a Kawasaki 1000!

In 2001, John married Lawrence Folley’s youngest daughter, Laura and they are now settled in London.


“Indeed, Eagar in the title role was nothing less than brilliant.  He well represented the haggard, travel-weary Dutchman.  The part also perfectly occasions him exploiting his bass-baritone range."  (Cape Argus 30 April 1993)

“Orveso received a statuesquely solid performance from John Eagar.  He was the stability in a sea of characters tossed about by conflicting torments of soul.”  (Cape Argus 1 June 1998)


Opera Repertoire

BIZET   Carmen      Zuniga
BRITTEN     The Rape of Lucretia      Collatinus
BRITTEN      Peter Grimes   Balstrode
CIMAROSA         Il Matrimonio Segreto    Geronimo
DONIZETTI   Lucia di Lammermoor   Enrico
DONIZETTI  Don Pasquale  Don Pasquale
GOUNOD     Faust Wagner
EVA NOEL HARVEYEsther **    Haman
LEONCAVALLO       Cavalleria Rusticana     Alfio
MENOTTI     Amahl and the Night VisitorsKing Melchior, Balthazar
MENOTTI     The Consul      Chief of Police
MOZART      Die Zauberflöte      Sprecher, Second Man in Armour
MOZART      Don Giovanni   Commendatore
MOZART      Le Nozze di Figaro Bartolo
NICOLAI       The Merry Wives of WindsorFalstaff, Cijas
PUCCINI      Madama Butterfly   Sharpless, The Bonz, Yamadori
PUCCINI       ToscaScarpia, Angelotti
PUCCINI       La Boheme     Shaunard, Colline
PUCCINI       Turandot   Timur, Mandarin
PUCCINI       Gianni Schicchi      Marco
PURCELL    Dido and Aeneas   Aeneas
ROSSINIIl Barbiere di Siviglia     Dr Bartolo
ROSSINI       William Tell     Melcthal, Walter Fürst
ROSSINIThe Turk in Italy      Geronio
STRAUSS   Salome      Nazereen
STRAUSS   Ariadne auf Naxos  Truffaldino
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene OneginCapt Petrowitch
ROELOF TEMMINGH      Enoch, Prophet of God **     John Nightingale
ROELOF TEMMINGH      Sacred Bones **      Robin
PIETER VAN DYK     The Selfish Giant **       Giant
VERDI   Rigoletto   Monterone, Marullo
VERDI   La Traviata      Germont, Baron Douphol, Grenvil
VERDI   Aida  Amonasro, Ramfis
VERDI  Don CarlosMonk
VERDI   Il TrovatoreFerrando
VERDI  Otello  Montano
VERDI  Nabucco   Il Grande Sacerdote
WAGNER    Der Fliegende Holländer       Holländer
WAGNER     Tristan und Isolde   Melot, Steuerman
WAGNER    Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg Kothner
WEBER       Der Freischütz Kaspar


Irving Berlin  Annie Get Your GunBuffalo Bill
Bock & Harrick    Fiddler on the RoofLazar Wolf
Wright & Forrest  The Great Waltz     Johann Strauss Snr
Mitch Leigh  Man of La Mancha  Innkeeper/Governor
Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado     Pooh-Bah, Mikado
Johann Strauss   A Night in Venice    Homanah, Pali
Sigmund Romberg     The Student PrinceDr Engel, Lucas
Franz Lehár  The Merry Widow   Baron Mirko Zeta

Oratorios/Concert Works

William Walton    Belshazzars Feast
Joseph Haydn     The Creation
John StainerCrucifixion
George Handel   Dettinger Te Deum
Edward Elgar      The Dream of Gerontius
PDQ Bach   Horratium Seasonings
Hector Berlioz     L'enfance du Christ
Ludwig von Beethoven     Mass in C
George Handel   Messiah
Joseph Haydn     Nelson Mass
PDQ Bach   Oedipus Rex
Gioacchino Rossini   Petite Messe Solonelle
Wolfgang MozartRequiem
Guiseppe Verdi  Requiem
Johannes Brahms      Requiem
Gabriel Fauré     Requiem
Handel  Samson
George Handel   Saul
Gioacchino Rossini   Stabat Mater
Ludwig von Beethoven     Symphony No. 9

** World Première

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