Canadian-Italian tenor John Darrigo was born and raised in Toronto. As a boy, he attended the prestigious Royal St. George’s College where he was twice awarded the top award for outstanding vocal excellence. While at the RSGC he toured the British Isles 3 times, where was the featured soloist, and had the opportunity to personally perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Following a hiatus of 30 years, and with the very enthusiastic encouragement of international peers, including Richard Margison, he restarted his singing career by doing solos in the chorus of Opera Hamilton. In Sept of 2016 he made his debut with the new Southern Ontario Lyric Opera as Giuseppe in La Traviata (as reviewed in Opera Canada) and this season makes his debut as Spoletta, in Tosca.