(Born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 18, 1929)
John Macurdy is an acclaimed American bass.
He debuted in 1952 with the New Orleans Opera Association as the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila in a production that starred Ramón Vinay and Blanche Thebom.
He went on to play The Abduction from the Seraglio with the same company and also played The Consul and Norma in the same season.
In the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Wuthering Heights he created the role of Mr Earnshaw with the Santa Fe Opera in 1958.
He appeared regularly at the Met and sang with stars such as Patricia Neway, Montserrat Caballe, Franco Corelli, Jon Vickers and Beverly Sills.
Between 1962 and 1997 he sang no less that 1000 performances at the Metropolitan in a wide variety of roles. He also sang at La Scala, Teatro Colon and the Saltzburg Festival.
In 1978 he played the Commendatore in Joseph Losey's film of Don Giovanni alongside Ruggero Raimondi, Kiri Te Kanawa, Edda Moser and Teresa Berganza.