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)