John Fisher was born in Glasgow and educated at Glasgow University, the Royal Academy of Music and the London Opera
In 1973 he joined the music staff of La Monnaie in Brussels, where he became Music Director of the Opera Studio. He
worked at the Netherlands Opera then moved to Milan as assistant to Claudio Abbado at Teatro alla Scala, where he became Head of Music and subsequently Artistic Administrator. From 1989 John was Artistic Director of Teatro La Fenice, Venice.
In 1994 he became Director of Vocal Productions and Executive Producer at Deutsche Grammophon in Hamburg. In 1997 he was appointed Director of Music Administration of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. From 2005 until 2010 he was CEO and Artistic Director of Welsh National Opera.
Throughout his career John has collaborated most closely with Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti and James Levine. He was Head of Music for the Rossini Festival in Pesaro for a decade and prepared the casts for opera recordings for DECCA over many years. He worked closely with Jean-Pierre Ponnelle on several opera films for the film company UNITEL.
John Fisher is an accomplished accompanist, harpsichordist and conductor and is much sought after to give masterclasses around the world.