A graduate of King's College London and the Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM), Jonathan McGovern is winner of the 2nd Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Gold Medal and 1st Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition in 2010, the Karaviotis Prize at the 2011 Les Azuriales Competition and the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. Jonathan is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist and an Associate Artist with Classical Opera.
A regular guest at ENO, his roles to date have included Jake in the world premiere of Two Boys by Nico Muhly, Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Simon Vines in Michel van der Aa's world premiere The Sunken Garden and Papageno Die Zauberflöte (cover). Other operatic appearances include Sid Albert Herring for Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by Steuart Bedford, and Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the 2013 Verbier Festival Academy.
In recital, Jonathan has worked with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Simon Lepper, James Baillieu and James Cheung. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle and was a member of the French Song Residency at the 2012 Aix-en- Provence Festival Academie. Elsewhere, he has appeared at Opéra de Lille, Wigmore Hall, King's Place, the Edinburgh, Brighton Festival, Machynlleth and London Song Festivals.
Recordings include songs by Claude Debussy (Hyperion) with Malcolm Martineau, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Le Reniement de Saint Pierre (Jesus) with David Bates and La Nuova Musica (HM USA).
Concert work includes the title role in Telemann's Orpheus at the London Handel Festival, Bach's St John Passion at Winchester Cathedral, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Verbier Festival Orchestra under Charles Dutoit at the 2013 Verbier Festival, The Yeoman of the Guard with Jane Glover and the BBC Philharmonic at the 2011 BBC PROMS, Boatswain in HMS Pinafore at London's Barbican and around the UK, Bernstein's Candide with the Cambridge Philharmonic and Fauré's Requiem at Southwark Cathedral.