Jonathan Veira, Bass Baritone – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Jonathan Veira


Praised as “the quintessence of ‘buffo’, larger than life and utterly credible…touchingly vulnerable…”


Jonathan Veira has performed extensively in Europe, New Zealand and the UK, including the opera houses of Geneva, Zurich, Lyon, Nice, Stockholm, Oslo, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park, and at the BBC Promenade Concerts.

Read Jonathan Veira’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Dr Kolenatý The Makropulos Case, Dikoi Kat’a Kabanova, The Foreman Jenůfa Opéra de Lyon


Falstsaff  (title role) Royal Danish Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Glyndebourne.


Dr Bartolo  Le nozze di Figaro Royal Opera House and recording (Chandos)


“Jonathan Veira’s Don Magnifico was a true buffo, gleefully rattling off his patter, his dramatic timing spot-on.”

“In the title role, Jonathan Veira is at the height of his buffo powers, singing and interacting well with the bright-toned Ainhoa Garmendia…”

“The virtuosic patter of ‘Sia qualunque delle figlie’ was precision-perfect and Veira struck the delicate balance between oppressive bullying and vulnerable charm.”

“For comedy, though, they are outshone by Jonathan Veira as Don Magnifico (Cinders’ step-father), a splendidly oafish clown who nevertheless has the panache to pull off Rossini’s rapid-fire patter songs.”

“Jonathan Veira offers a classic buffo performance as the pompous Don Magnifico – the kind of role he does better than anyone else in the UK.”

“At OHP it’s Jonathan Veira who steals the show as a Don Magnifico who sings dead-centre of every acrobatic note, even as he scuttles around his palazzo (a neat composite set by Neil Irish) and flashes hyperactive eyes that threaten to pop out of his head.”




Described as, “the quintessence of ‘buffo’, larger than life and utterly credible” (The Independent) and “touchingly vulnerable”  (Daily Telegraph) Jonathan Veira has performed at the Opernhaus Leipzig, 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 Amiens, Caen, Lille, Limoges, 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.

He has made regular appearances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Opera Holland Park, and at the BBC Promenade Concerts and with London Philharmonic.

In recent seasons, Jonathan Veira’s engagements have included Dr Bartolo Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico La Cenerentola, Mustafa L’Italiana in Algeri, Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore Amonasro Aida, Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream, General Groves Dr Atomic, Varlaam Boris Godunov, Sacristan Tosca, Würfl, Caroskvouci and De Konsel The Adventures of Mr Broucek, Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen, Dr Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro, Le Bailli Werther, Frank Die Fledermaus, Father Augustine Betrothal in a Monastery and Hobson Peter Grimes, Animal Tamer, Athlete, Theatre Director and Banker Lulu.

Particularly praised for his portrayal of the title roles in Falstaff and Don Pasquale his extensive repertoire also includes Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Leporello Don Giovanni, Dr Fra Melitone La forza del destino, Tonio Pagliacci, Schaunard La Bohème (Leoncavallo), Sharpless Madama Butterfly, Don Alvaro La vedova scaltra, Buonafede Il mondo della luna (Haydn), Keçal The Bartered Bride, Claggart Billy Budd.

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, Sir Antonio Pappano and Michael Schønwandt.

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

Jonathan Veira’s recordings include Le nozze di Figaro (Chandos), Jenufa (Royal Opera House), Lulu, and Betrothal in a Monastery (Glyndebourne), La vedova scaltra (Opéra de Montpelier), Rose of Persia, The Spanish Lady (BBC), Bel canto arias woith the Philharmonia (Opera Rara), A Century of English Song and Of Fire and Dew (The Songs of John Jeffreys) on the SOMM label and a collection of Edwardian and Victorian Parlour Songs with accompanist Shelley Katz.  He has also recorded several solo CDs, including many of his own compositions, and a DVD of his One Man Show on the Elevation label.

This biography is not for publication.  Please contact the office for an updated version.



Jonathan Veira – Le nozze di Figaro recording (Chandos)

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

“…this new recording may well be one of the most important releases in Chandos’s admirable “Opera in English” project…this is a very well paced, lovingly shaped performance that binds into a persuasive whole.”


Jonathan Veira – Jenůfa, Leoš Janáček – Royal Opera House

Leoš Janáček: Jenůfa

Appeared as Starek (Foreman) in Royal Opera House recording of Jenůfa with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Jonathan Veira sings ...Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi & Wagner

Jonathan Veira sings…Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi & Wagner

Solo operatic CD with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan performs a few of his favourite arias from his bass-baritone repetoire. Utterly glorious singing with a wonderful, live orchestra.


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