John’s opera work includes, for Opera Australia, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Norma, The Mikado, Aida, The Little Mermaid, The Trojans Parts 1 & 2, Orpheus in the Underworld, Lulu, La Bohème, Salome, Two Weddings One Bride, Parsifal, Metamorphosis, Anna Bolena, Whitely, Ghost Sonata as well as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s La Traviata (2012), Carmen (2013, 2017), and West Side Story (2019). Other work includes Don Carlos (Victorian State Opera), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, La Bohème, Salome (State Opera of South Australia, Brisbane Festival) and Tristan und Isolde (QFM).
Dance work includes Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Red Earth (The Australian Ballet), The Nutcracker (English National Ballet), Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Salterello (The Royal New Zealand Ballet), Ondine, Summer Solstice (Queensland Ballet), Poppy, Viridian, Beauty and the Beast (Berlin), The Protecting Veil, Synergy, Free Radicals, Salome (Sydney Dance Company), Mulan, Nutcracker Magic! (Shanghai City Entertainment Group).
Music work includes Heiner Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities (Berliner Ensemble, Ensemble Moderne), Winners (Andrea Mollino/Brisbane Festival/Centre Pompidou, Paris), Into the Fire, Testimony, Ruby’s Story (Australian Art Orchestra), Turangalîla (TQO), Synesthesia – Music of Colour and Mind (MONA, Hobart), Happy Days – The Arena Mega-Musical, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, The Rocky Horror Show, The Stripper, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Merrily We Roll Along, Robyn Archer’s A Star is Born, Trafford Tanzi, The Threepenny Opera, Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame (Australia in 2013, USA in 2016).
Other projects include Walking with Dinosaurs – Arena Spectacular (Global Creatures), The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics, the original design of Hong Kong’s A Symphony of Lights (2004 and the 2018 update), the 21st Summer Deaflympics, Taiwan (2009), the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 21st Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, 2018).