JOHN HUNTINGTON's lifelong study of the human voice is reflected in an enduring career as a singer and actor, as well as more than thirty years of teaching and coaching. His students thrive in an environment of enthusiastic exploration of bel canto technique and expressive musicality that embraces every style and branch of singing art.
As one of California's premier musical theatre artists, Mr. Huntington has won acclaim in roles as widely diverse as Bud Frump and Cyrano de Bergerac. His vocal gifts are similarly varied and embrace the operatic, oratorio and concert repertoires, as well as folk, jazz and church music. His singing career began as a highly regarded boy soprano in Gian-Carlo Menotti's AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, and continues to the present as a respected baritone. A popular recitalist and concert soloist, he has frequented the stage with symphonies, opera companies and choral organizations. He has championed new works by living composers like Robert Stoddard (visit stoddardgladsong) and revitalized old works by dead ones.
Mr. Huntington's long list of stage credits includes the Dons Giovanni, Pasquale, Magnifico (LA CENERENTOLA) and Quixote (MAN OF LA MANCHA). He played the role of Neville Craven in the west coast premier of THE SECRET GARDEN, which garnered him a coveted Dramalogue Award. Other roles include Fagin (OLIVER), Oberon (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM), Mr. Antrobus (THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH), the Phantom (PHANTOM) and Starbuck (110 IN THE SHADE). He has played demons in such plays as PEER GYNT, gods in the Greek Tragedies, and even "God" himself in four productions (including the west coast premier) of Stephen Schwartz's hit musical, CHILDREN OF EDEN. He also appeared in the National Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in San Francisco, and young audiences will recognize him as "Hans" in the popular children's video, RIGOLETTO.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, and graduate of Brigham Young University, Mr. Huntington's advanced training continued in New York under the tutelage of noted director and teacher, Tad Danielewski. He has taught singing and acting in New York, Washington, Utah and California, and is currently on the faculty at Saddleback College. He is an award-winning stage and musical director and choral conductor. For several years, he has participated as a director for the largest outdoor historical pageant in the country, THE HILL CUMORAH PAGEANT in upstate New York. In addition to his work as actor, director, costumer and singer, he operates the JOHN HUNTINGTON STUDIO, a private voice instruction facility in Mission Viejo, California, where he resides with his wife of nearly 35 years.